Wellington team Noise and Pictures defied the Auckland-centric gags in the V48Hours intro clip to take away this year's supreme award - the Golden Ape - for their short Brains? Comments from the mega-academy of international judges included "hilarious, original and surprisingly touching"; "something fresh and clever with the zombie sub-genre"; and "it's about love, it's about human emotions, it's about a Brain killing and undead heart".
Watch Brains? here and then check out the rest of the winners from the Grand Final below (click on the titles to watch them on the V48Hours site).
2012 RUNNERS UP - Lense Flare: The Girl With the Clover Leaf Tattoo
2012 THIRD PLACE - Mukpuddy: Love in Decay
CANON Best Cinematography - Grand Cheval: Suck My Life
RIALTO CHANNEL Rising Talent Award - JK: Lucky in Love?
SKINNY Best School Team - Oozy Rat In a Sanitary Zoo: There's Something Rotten In the School of Redmark
LOOP Best Original Song - Chris Lam Sam (Oh Nicky: Tuff Collective): Dead Lucky
LOOP Best Original Score - ADHDMi: Brothers
GAYLENE PRESTON Best Female Director - Anna Duckworth (Dream Coloured Pictures): Apple Bobbing (Robbing)
INCREDIBLY STRANGE Best Worst Film - Bright Molar Extraction: Genesis V1
IMAGES & SOUND Sexiest Looking Short - ADHDMi: Brothers
Best Animation - Mukpuddy: Love in Decay
Best Script - Noise and Pictures: Brains?
Best Editing - Team Try Hards: The List
Best Actress - Courtney Abbot: Lovedumb
Best Actor - Will Wallace: Glow
Best Art Direction ADHDMi: Brothers
Best Makeup - Noise and Pictures: Brains?
Best Use of Prop - Cut 'n' Paste: Headcase
Best Use of Line - idiotVision: Love Story Sessions
Best Use of Character - Write Club: Lucky Girl
Congratulations to all the winners, and every one of the hundreds of teams who completed a short film. Bring on next year!