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NEW FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR: The Simmonds Brothers

Three major film and television industry awards were presented at the TVNZ Big Dinner ceremony held as part of the SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland on November 17.

The 2006 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year Award winners are: The Simmonds Brothers - Jeff and Phill - have been creating animations for almost ten years, progressing from simple animations for the internet to their most recent 35mm film project, A Very Nice Honeymoon, a 10 minute animation funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.  The Simmonds Brothers have developed a unique and highly efficient system of producing 100% hand-drawn animation which they call ‘documation’.   This year the Simmonds Brothers completed Rasta Rangi, an animated series for Māori Television, and had two of their “documations” selected for the Telecom New Zealand International Film Festival. 

The award came with $28,000 worth of prizes from award principal sponsors Park Road Post and sponsors Panavision, FACB, Kodak, SKYCITY Cinemas, Stage and Screen Travel Services and Air New Zealand.

The SPADA/Onfilm Industry Champion Award went to NZ Film Commission deputy CEO Mladen Ivancic In recognition of his 17 years of energetic support for New Zealand filmmakers and his skilled work in film financing and financial management.

SPADA Independent Producer of the Year was awarded to Julie Christie in recognition of her outstanding commercial  success in creating her company Touchdown Television, producer of numerous successful programmes, making a multi-million dollar sale to a prominent European company, resulting in the creation of Eyeworks Touchdown, thus maintaining a New Zealand base while operating in the global marketplace. This year she also is executive producing the Tattooist, a feature film co-production with Singapore.

SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year principal sponsor is Park Road Post, with sponsors Kodak, Panavision, Stage and Screen Travel, FACB and Village SKYCITY Cinemas. SPADA Independent Producer of the Year is sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

SPADA CONFERENCE 2006 is supported by principal sponsor New Zealand Film Commission, strategic partner New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / Investment New Zealand; premium sponsor TVNZ with sponsors and supporters Auckland City Council, FIUA, Māori Television Service, New Zealand Film Archive, New Zealand Music Industry Commission, New Zealand On Air, Oktobor Visual Effects, Onfilm magazine, Park Road Post, Screenrights, SKY Networks, SKYCITY Cinemas, Sony, South Pacific Pictures, Telecom, Te Puni Kōkiri, TV3, Voyage Affaires and WIFT.

The Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) represents the interests of producers and production companies on all issues that affect the business and creative aspects of independent screen production in New Zealand (

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