Excitement is building in the film industry with plans for a new awards ceremony.

The industry lost its awards night after members of the film and television industries fell out over claims that the TV stars were stealing the limelight.

But now, local filmmaker Ant Timpson and nzherald.co.nz Entertainment Editor Hugh Sundae have created the "Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards", to be known as the Moas.

"We've picked up the dropped baton. We're really excited. We want to have a great night celebrating with everyone nominated," Timpson said.


The Moas will be awarded at the Wintergarden at the Civic Theatre on December 4. There will be categories for short films, documentaries and features.

Submissions open at 11am tomorrow at www.nzfilmawards.co.nz, and you can visit the Facebook event page here.