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Submissions Open for 2021 Misty Flicks Short Film Showcase

A call for Waikato made video content

Now in its fourth year, the Misty Flicks Short Film Showcase provides an avenue for Waikato filmmakers to screen their projects and for audiences to see local content in a cinema experience.

“The Misty Flicks Film Festival is an important vehicle for established and up-and-coming filmmakers currently (or formerly) in the Waikato to showcase their creative endeavours,” says Scott Granville, filmmaker and co-founder of education media company Chasing Time English. “For many cinema-goers, the amount of work that goes into a (short) film project is not readily apparent. To have this celebration of innovative practice alongside other filmmakers and film enthusiasts is necessary for the sustainability and continued growth of the local industry.”

Event coordinator Kelly Fritz explains that to qualify, “projects must be filmed in the Waikato region or created by local talent and be under forty minutes in length. Content can range from narrative, documentary, experimental, or even music videos. This is an opportunity for filmmakers and content creators to dig up past projects or whip up something new and get it out into the world.”

The Festival encourages filmmakers to use the beautiful and diverse region as a backdrop for their films with the end goal of participating in the ‘Waikato-made’ film festival. “Misty Flicks Film Festival supports the region’s screen community but it also has an economic benefit,” says Paige Larianova from Waikato Screen NZ. “With an increase in tickets sales, sponsors, screen workshops, industry talks, feature length films and an enticement of possible distributorship Waikato becomes an attractive region to visit and film.”

“[We made] all of these films in the Waikato, so it’s sort of like a homecoming for the films,” says 2020 participant Sebastian J. Lowe. “I’ve never seen a festival in Hamilton. So it’s a nice opportunity
to have them on the big screen here.”

This year’s event will take place on Saturday 6 November 2021 at Metro by Hoyts in Hamilton and include a Q&A session with the selected filmmakers. “Misty Flicks is always a fantastic night, professionally organized by a tireless team dedicated to showing local content and supporting our filmmakers,” says director/writer Adam Harvey who has had a film in multiple showcases.

Visit filmfreeway.com/MistyFlicks for more information and to submit. Submissions close on 5 September 2021 and cost $2 per entry. Films will be selected by a panel of local filmmakers and educators. This year will feature sponsored prizes from ACLX and Escapist, with more to be announced.

Contact Event Coordinator Kelly Fritz at kelly@mistyflicks.co.nz for more information or if you would like to become a supporter of this wonderful community arts event.