We all know the work of fanatical filmhead Ant Timpson – producer, director, programmer and organiser of 48 Hours and The Incredibly Strange Film Festival.
On his blog this week he has proposed two awesome ideas. He would like the government to subsidise a 100 per cent New Zealand content digital screen in cineplexes and arthouses in our major cities. This would ensure all local digital movies will have a medium for screening. Now it is virtually impossible for small-budget Kiwi filmmakers to show their work to a wide audience.
Second, Timpson would like movie houses to have a NZ Film Month, screening only local shorts and features. Inspired by the success and growth of NZ Music Month, Timpson believes this can be a viable event if subsidised and supported by all proponents in the film industry. Get in behind him. Read his blog here.
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