Congratulations to our member Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) for winning the SAE Award for Outstanding Newcomer and to Cushla Dillon (DEGANZ) for being a finalist for the Weta Group Creative Technology Award!

Cian Elyse White has made a name for herself as an actor, director, writer, and producer. Her 2019 short film Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) has made rounds in the international film circuit and went on to receive numerous awards. Recently, Cian played the role of Gloria in 2021’s Cousins.

Cushla Dillon was nominated for the Weta Groups Creative Technology Award, acknowledged for her outstanding achievement in creativity in post-production as an editor. She is a great force in the editing world with years of experience in TV, short films, and features. Cushla’s most recent projects include The Justice of Bunny King (2021), The Calf (2020), and Daffodils (2019).

The Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry went to Dr Shuchi Kothari. Shuchi is renowned for her contributions to the industry as a filmmaker, educator, mentor, and voice for Pan-Asian communities. She is currently working as the programme designer and convenor for PASC’s Episode One, a web series pilot programme. Additionally, she is the co-producer of Kāinga, a feature that brings together immigrant stories by eight Pan-Asian women writers and directors, premiering at NZIFF 2022.

The WIFT NZ Awards celebrate the achievements of wahine in the industry and provide unique networking opportunities for attendees. The event also allows WIFT to fundraise to support the organisation’s ongoing work. They presented eleven awards throughout the night to acknowledge success in film, television, screen business and craft, and industry champions.

It was great to see all the incredible women recognised for their mahi in the industry. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the evening!

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Last updated on 14 July 2022