Women In Film & Television NZ Awards winners announced


Ten worthy winners were recognised at last night’s WIFT NZ Awards.

Last night, Auckland’s ASB Waterfront Theatre played host to the Women In Film & Television (WIFT NZ) Awards 2020. Across 10 award categories, the awards recognise, celebrate and encourage the achievements of women in film, television and digital media.

The list of winners follows, with notes on each provided by WIFT NZ.

SAE Award for Outstanding Newcomer

Kayleighsha Wharton—for her uncompromising professionalism as a production and location manager, and the incredible humanity and care she brings to her job.

South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film

Pietra Brettkelly—for creating unique, intimate, beautiful cinematic works that open a window into another world.

Imagezone Entrepreneurship Award

Sharon Menzies—for her savvy and successful work in film financing, and her tireless contribution to the screen industry.

Images & Sound Award for Success in Television and Digital

Annabelle Lee-Mather—for her powerful work crafting and sharing award-winning indigenous stories and perspectives.

Professional Lighting Services Award for Unsung Heroine of the New Zealand Screen Industry

Louise Baker—for her humility, passion, and meticulous hard work in many different industry roles over the past 37 years.

Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award

Hweiling Ow—for hitting the big league in the horror genre and her continued success developing projects as a writer, director, and producer.

Te Māngai Pāho Te Reo Māori Champion Award

Stacey Morrison—for her outstanding work promoting te reo Māori as a broadcaster, performer, teacher, and author.

The Queenstown Camera Company Craft Award

Bindy Crayford—for her pioneering spirit and incredible capability and ingenuity as a gaffer, and for being an inspiring mentor to other technicians.

The Weta Group Creative Technology Award

Amy Barber—for her inspiring standard of work and, through her company Bespoke Post, for helping change how international sound supervisors see New Zealand.

Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry

Kelly Martin—from commissioning and programming to running the country’s biggest production company while being an active member of industry boards, Kelly Martin has been a longstanding champion of New Zealand-made content and a force for change on gender representation in the screen industry.

For more info about WIFT NZ, including how to become a member, check out their website.