ANNUAL SCRIPT WRITER AWARDS NEW ZEALAND
The NZ Screen Production Industry’s most laid-back, fun awards!
2016 Finalists & Winners – SWANZ & USC
New Zealand Writers Guild is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 SWANZ awards.
Another fantastic night — celebrating the story tellers and tales told — was had by all. Our hosts Jackie Van Beek & Jessie Griffin regaled us, drinks & conversation flowed, Taste Catering provided fantastic food, the room buzzed with wonderful people – all with the support (and participation, yay!) of our sponsors – NZ on Air, NZ Film Commission, South Pacifc Pictures & Filthy Productions!
South Pacific Pictures – Best Feature Film
Born To Dance, Steve Barr, Casey Whelan & Hone Kouka
Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi WINNER
Best Short Film
Every Moment, Gabriel Reid & Maile Daugherty WINNER
Judgement Tavern, Dean Hewison
Officer 27, Aroha Awarau
The Quiet Room, Renee Liang WINNER
Best Episode TV Series – Comedy
Step Dave Series 2 Episode 3, Shoshana McCallum WINNER
Step Dave Series 2, Episode 5, Kate McDermott
Best Episode TV Series – Drama
800 Words, Episode 5, Tim Balme
The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 2, Episode 4, Tim Balme
Shortland Street, episode 5967, Libby Bird
Westside Series 2, Episode 1, James Griffin WINNER
Westside Series 2, Episode 8, Kate McDermott
Best Factual Script – Film or TV Documentary
25 April, Leanne Pooley and Tim Woodhouse WINNER
Forensics: Operation Edgewater, Belinda McLeod and Damon Fepulea’i
2016 NZWG Mentorship Award
New Writer Award
Unproduced Script Competition
USC – TV Pilot
Burnt Spur, Shoshana McCallum
Firebug, David Mamea WINNER
True Blue, René Le Bas
USC – TV Pilot: Highly Commended
Best Friend Ever, Allan George
Wanted Men, Fiona Samuel
USC – Feature Film
The Board, Kristi Barnett
Domebusters of Waihopai!, Rex Nicholson
The Floating World, Jacqueline Owens WINNER
Hongi, Simone Nathan
Where Babies Come From, Steven Gannaway
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PREVIOUS SWANZ WINNERS & FINALISTS
SWANZ Winners 2012: to be added
The inaugural SWANZ ceremony was held in November 2010, by the New Zealand Writers Guild.
This initiative was created to recognize and acknowledge the storytellers behind the screens and stages of New Zealand.
“We believe that our stories should be shared and should be celebrated. These awards and the evening event do just that for the best in the country.”
Steven Gannaway, SWANZ-founding former-Executive Director, NZWG
That first SWANZ met with widespread acclaim, and now SWANZ is an annual event and a major date on the stage and screen industry calendar.
Rumours abound… SWANZ is fabled as the most laid back awards ceremony in New Zealand. The NZWG aims for SWANZ to be heavy on joie de vivre and light on rhetoric so everyone can get down to the important stuff – celebrating together.
SWANZ is an opportunity to celebrate with New Zealand’s best film, stage and television industry writers in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
GENERAL DATES & DETAILS
Nominations for SWANZ open around late June each year
Finalists are announced around two weeks ahead of the ceremony & event for the SWANZ Awards.
The SWANZ event is scheduled — to nestle alongside the weekend of the Big Screen Symposium — on a Thursday night: late September–early October each year.
SWANZ & USC CATEGORIES
Best: Feature Film Script
Best: Short Film Script
Best: Radio Play
Best: Episode TV Series: Comedy
Best: Episode TV Series: Drama
Best: Episode Web Series
Best: Script One-off TV Drama
Best: Documentary Script
Best: New Writer
Unproduced Script Competition (USC) – Unproduced Script Competition: the competition – and awards – for works that are yet to be made
Best: UNPRODUCED Feature Film Script
Best: UNPRODUCED t.v. pilot
Nominations for 2016 are now closed – thanks for your nominations!
Nominations for made works — screened or performed 22 September 2015-22 September 2016
Deadline/Nominations close – 05 August 2016 @ 12pm
Want to enter the Unproduced Script Competition? *CLOSE FOR 2016*
— for Unproduced Feature Film and TV Pilot scripts yet to be made — open to everyone!
The winners of the USC are announced at SWANZ!
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SWANZ Nomination – STEP-BY-STEP
- Place an Online Order and pay your Entry Fee:
Online order – Pay for your SWANZ Nomination
NZWG Members only may be nominees, anyone may be the nominator
- Download and Complete Nomination Form:
Download 2016 SWANZ NOMINATION Form
- Post or Deliver the following:
- Signed Nomination Form with details of the work in full – must have air/be performed between September 2015 and September 2016
NZWG Script Reg Service
PO Box 47886
COURIER POST or HAND DELIVER
NZWG Script Reg Service
400C Great North Rd
SWANZ 2016 AWARDS EVENT
Was held on Thursday 22 September
Doors 7.30pm | Ceremony 8.00pm
Classic Comedy Club
$35 per member | $45 per non-member | Entry (doors 7.30pm) | Limited Open Bar from 7.30pm: Get in Quick |
all night $ Cash Bar follows | Finger Food & Frivolity