Annual recognition for the New Zealand film industry is assured for the next three years with the announcement of the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards, also known as The Moas.

Recent years saw an event that combined the film and television industries, but in 2012 it was announced that films would no longer be included, and an independent event - The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards - were hurriedly organised to fill the gap. The event's success lead to discussions between its producers and the NZ Film Commission, who gave their backing to the new awards.

"It's been another great 12 months for New Zealand films with both NZFC financed and independent films earning international awards, festival appearances and critical acclaim," said NZFC Chief Executive Graeme Mason.

"We are all set for take-two of the hotly contested Moas celebrating the country's vast filmmaking talent."


However awards uncertainty continued and earlier this year ThinkTV announced they would not be putting on an awards ceremony for television. To compensate, this year's Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards will have a special one-off category to recognise achievement in television features or drama series.

"We are very pleased to see local television features and drama series will be recognised at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards, as there is so much great content being made in New Zealand," said Jane Wrightson, CEO of NZ On Air.

"The standard of local programme making is very high, and definitely needs to celebrated."

Entries are open until 5pm October 18, and the event will take place at Auckland's newly-refurbished Shed 10 on Tuesday December 10. The awards will stream live here on NZ Herald Online, and will be broadcast on Rialto Channel on Sunday December 15. More details here or on Facebook here.

Full list of categories:
Rialto Channel Best Film
NZOnAir Best Television Feature or Drama Series
Nikon Best Self-Funded Film
Flying Fish Best Director
Niche Cameras Best Cinematography
Mandy Best Editor
Villa Maria Best Actor
Villa Maria Best Actress
Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actor
Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actress
Apex Insurance Best Screenplay
APRA Best Score
APRA Best Sound
Regional Film Offices New Zealand Best Production Design
MAC Best Makeup Design
Rodney Wayne Best Costume Design
Images & Sound Best Visual Effects
Letterboxd Best Poster Design
Short Film
AUT Best Short Film
Allpress Best Short Film Actor
Allpress Best Short Film Actress
Event Cinemas Best Self-Funded Short Film
PLS Best Cinematography in a Short Film
NZ Herald Online Best Short Film Script
Media Design School Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film
Documentary Film
Telecom Business Hubs Best Documentary
Canon Best Documentary Director
PLS Best Documentary Cinematography
Lotech Best Documentary Editor
Click here to watch the 2012 Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards

-NZ Herald Online