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NZ digital feature Hidden wins place at US film festival

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New Zealand digital feature film Hidden has won a place in the Cinequest 17 International Film Festival in San Jose California, held during February-March 2007.

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New Zealand digital feature film Hidden has won a place in the Cinequest 17 International Film Festival in San Jose California, held during February-March 2007.New Zealand digital feature film Hidden has won a place in the Cinequest 17 International Film Festival in San Jose California, held during February-March 2007.Hidden won the right by screening as part of Cinequest Online, an online film competition for short and feature films.

Competing against 28 other feature films from all around the world and getting votes from all around the world, Hidden picked up the highest rating for the July-October part of the competition winning it a place at Cinequest 17.

Cinequest is rated by Chris Gore, the author of the top selling film book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, as one of the 10 most important film festivals in the world for film makers. During the 2006 festival, over 70,000 people attended the two week festival.

Over the last year and a half, Hidden has screened at international festivals and picked up Best Director and Best Film awards as well as gaining recognition in New Zealand. Tim McLachlan, writer/director/producer of Hidden, picked up a nomination for Best Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature Film at the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards. Hidden has also garnered high praise from heavy hitters in the industry such John Ketcham, Producer of the Denzel Washington movie The Hurricane, and Richard Taylor, head of WETA Workshop and WETA Digital.

Richard Taylor said, "Hidden! A creepy friendship movie run awry - utilising high paced creative stunt work and tension filled story telling, to produce a spine-tingling film with a delightful twist - Hidden has a spirit that draws you in and keeps you thinking well beyond the last frame."

Hidden was picked up by Arkles Entertainment during mid 2006 and has since been put out on DVD and has been in video stores in New Zealand since late September and will be in Australian video stores in the early part of 2007.

The producers hope that Cinequest will help Hidden break into the highly competitive American DVD market.

Hidden is a 93 minute physiological art house thriller that was shot for only NZ$7,000 in 2001.

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The Big Idea Editor

13 Dec 2006

The Big Idea Editor