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2017 SPADA Screen Industry Award Winners

The winners of three prestigious annual SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) Screen Industry Awards for 2017 were announced at the 25th Anniversary SPADA Conference in Wellington on Thursday 23 November. 

SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year went to filmmaking collective The Candle Wasters, made up of creatives Claris Jacobs, Elsie Bollinger, Minnie Grace, Robbie Nicol, and Sally Bollinger.

Known for their ‘fierce, funny and feminist’ web series’ which draw inspiration from the works of William Shakespeare, in just three years The Candle Wasters have gained a cult following, gathered 5.5 million views across their YouTube videos and a band of loyal supporters known as “fandles”.

Principal Sponsor of the Award, Park Road Post Production will provide The Candle Wasters with post-production services worth $20,000.

Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton of Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions took out the SPADA Independent Producer of the Year award sponsored by Crombie Lockwood, for their outstanding work conceptualising and producing ground-breaking feature film Waru.

Created in collaboration with nine female Maori filmmakers Waru is made up of eight vignettes, each a 10-minute single shot. The film made its international debut at the Toronto Film Festival, opened ImagineNATIVE the world’s largest indigenous film festival, and won Best Feature Film at the SWANZ awards.

The SPADA / Data Book / SCREENZ Industry Champion award went to producer Richard Fletcher of Libertine Pictures for his major contribution to New Zealand’s film and television industry. A stand-out leader and advocate for the screen sector he has shown exceptional commitment to its growth and stability.

The recently elected SPADA Co-President, previously served two terms as SPADA President, is a long serving executive member of the Screen Council Board, WeCreate Strategic Council member and NZSPG Panel Industry representative. Prior to producing he was head of business affairs at the New Zealand Film Commission.

Over the past 10 years Richard has amassed a significant body of work with more than a dozen film and television producer credits including recently released feature film The Changeover.  He is currently executive producing two features and is co-producing another which is in post-production.