WIFT member Alyx Duncan and her short film ‘The Tide Keeper’ have joined a line of prestigious filmmakers by winning the Oscar®-accredited Lightbox Best Film Award at the Show Me Shorts awards, along with the 2015 New Filmmaker of the Year award.
2015 has been a breakthrough year for Alyx Duncan. Two days after winning Best Film at the Show Me Shorts awards, Alyx was presented with the 2015 New Filmmaker of the Year award at the SPADA Conference 18th Annual Industry Awards.
Alyx is an original, distinctive New Zealand filmmaker whose highly attuned recognition of visual storytelling is combined with a deep curiosity and interest in human nature and society. Byeond her own projects, Alyx sees her role in the industry supporting other filmmakers realise their visions.
Her film work has encompassed dance films, music videos, the realm of documentary and narrative long form filmmaking. Her biggest contribution to the screen production industry has been writing, directing and producing the film ‘The Tide Keeper’ and feature ‘The Red House’. Both having been recognised and celebrated here in New Zealand and overseas.
Judges at the SPADA Conference described Alyx’s “body of work as not only substantial, but impressively distincitve. She explores challenging themes that adds to her layered level of maturity”.
Alyx has helped progress the next generation of filmmakers teaching papers in film studies at Victoria University, Toi Whakaari and Unitec. In 2014, she established a new film collective in collaboration with four aspiring filmmakers comittmentted to support each other as developing filmmakers.
The opportunity to use her prize to contribute to the online edit of feature film ‘The Surrogate’, her short film ‘Mouse’ and docudrama ‘Maui’s Hook’ will be of tremendous help for Alyx. The contribution to these three projects will guarantee a strong support network for her in the near future and encourage further filmmaking ideas to be realised in the New Zealand film industry.
Since its establishment in 1998, the Annual SPADA Industry Awards with support from Park Road Post Production rewards up and coming New Zealand filmmakers through post-production support services.