An old child mascot wings it to France to compete in film festival

The 64th Cannes Film Festival kicks of this week in France and while we mentioned a couple of week’s back that Sweet Shop director Sam Holst’s short film ‘Meathead’ has been selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or, there’s another Kiwi nominee thrown into the mix.

Blue, a film directed by Stephen Kang, is one of ten short and medium length films selected from 1,250 entries to screen in a parallel section of the festival called Critics Week. The film tells the story of a fluffy TV mascot from a children’s program who is now a waiter in an Asian restaurant trying to keep his job.

The film was funded by the Screen Innovation Production Fund, a joint initiative between Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission, and was produced by Tara Riddell through production companies AKA Films & Curious Film.

Both Kang and Holst’s inclusion in this year’s festival continues on what New Zealand Film commission Short Film Manager Lisa Chatfield describes as continuing the tradition of Kiwi films making an appearance at Cannes.

“The competition for selection is so fierce it’s a tribute to director’s Sam and Stephen that their voices have been heard above so many others. For a small country we continue to achieve amazing things in the international world of film,” says Chatfield.





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