NZ short film 'Truant' selected for international competition

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The NZ short film Truant has been selected to compete in the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in January 2007. "Clermont-Ferrand is the most important short film event on the…

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The NZ short film Truant has been selected to compete in the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in January 2007.

"Clermont-Ferrand is the most important short film event on the international festival calendar, so we are thrilled that Truant has been selected," says Juliette Veber, Short Film Sales and Marketing Manager at the New Zealand Film Commission. The NZ short film Truant has been selected to compete in the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in January 2007.

"Clermont-Ferrand is the most important short film event on the international festival calendar, so we are thrilled that Truant has been selected," says Juliette Veber, Short Film Sales and Marketing Manager at the New Zealand Film Commission."They are known for choosing short films that are personal, innovative, challenging and risky, and their trademark is the discovery of new filmmakers."

This year, 70 films from 52 countries were selected to compete in the International Competition. This section receives up to 1900 submissions every year.

Truant has been in demand by the top festivals on the international circuit ever since its premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2005. It has featured at the BFI London Film Festival, Tampere in Finland and Seagate Foyle in Ireland.

Directed by Michael Duignan, written by Heather Menzies and produced by Rachel Gardner, Truant is an unrequited love story between two lonely people. Duignan says the film, " - is about the things we learn that make us into adults." He approached the direction of Truant as though it were a memory of the events, rather than the events themselves. "When I remember stories in my life they come to me as snatches of images and words and sounds that I piece together in my mind. I hoped to mimic this feeling of remembering in the way we put the film together."

The festival takes place in the small city of Clermont-Ferrand in the centre of France, known for being the headquarters for Michelin tyres. It boasts the highest attendance rates for a short film festival anywhere in the world with up to 135,000 spectators and more than 2800 professional delegates each year. Clermont-Ferrand was started by a group of student filmmakers in 1981 out of the need to both exhibit and celebrate short films. They called the collective Sauve qui peut le court metrage (which is roughly translatable as "Short Film: S.O.S!").

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The Big Idea Editor

14 Dec 2006

The Big Idea Editor

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