$300 short film could get an Oscar nod

Thu 19.Sep.13

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Tropfest NZ 2013 finalist film 'Sounds Perfect' been selected for the 20th Austin Film Festival, and the 14th ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada

Directed by Allan George and Greg Stubbings (from Seven Sharp and formally The Crowd Goes Wild fame), the film was originally produced for the inaugral Tropfest, New Zealand, the world's largest short film festival. It made the top 16 and was screened in front of a live audience of 8,000 people at the famous TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth in January. It went on to win 2 of the 4 awards ('Best Actor' and 'Best Maori Director'), and it has now officially been selected for the 20th Austin Film Festival, and the 14th ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada.

What started as a seed of an idea in Allan George's mind, was then developed into a screenplay by Greg Stubbings, and produced by Sideways Productions with only a few weeks to spare before the Tropfest submission deadline; and by pulling together some actor friends and favours, the film was made for less than $300. It focuses on Dave Dobson, a self-proclaimed “audio enhancement engineer” in the adult film industry, who strives to do the best job possible, in an industry where standards don't matter. It has previously aired on the Rialto Channel here in New Zealand, and will be airing on SBS 2 in Australia next month as part of their Tropfest TV series, which showcases the best Tropfest films from around the world.

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