New Zealand Short Film Wins At Sundance   28 Jan 2010

FILM - Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s short film The Six Dollar Fifty Man has won the top prize- the Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking- at the 26th Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This award further qualifies The Six Dollar Fifty Man for consideration for an Academy® Award nomination.

The 26th Sundance Film Festival is held in and around Park City in Utah each January. This year the festival's short film program comprised 70 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from a record 6,092 submissions.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man has gone from strength to strength after having its world premiere and gaining ‘Special Distinction’ at Cannes last year. Last week, it won the ‘Cooper Award’ for ‘Best Short Film’ Australasia’s only Academy-qualifying film festival, Flickerfest.

Written and directed by Wellingtonians Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland and produced by Wendy Cuthbert, The Six Dollar Fifty Man tells the story of a gutsy 8-year-old boy who retreats into a make believe world to deal with playground bullying.

The next stop after Sundance for The Six Dollar Fifty Man is the world’s most important short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France (www.clermont-filmfest.com), next week. It will then be screening in the Generation Kplus competition of the 60th Berlinale Internationale Film Festival (www.berlinale.de) 11th- 21st February 2010.

The short film was made with finance from the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission. International sales are handled by NZ Film, which is the sales arm of the NZFC.

Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland are currently attending the festival with support from the NZ Film Commission.

The 26th Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21st to January 31st, 2010, for more information see http://festival.sundance.org/2010. For live streaming of the short film awards ceremony see http://festival.sundance.org/2010/streaming.

Source: New Zealand Film Commission

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