NZ film awards canned for year

Taika Waititi's vampire film What We Do in the Shadows won awards in 2014.
Taika Waititi's vampire film What We Do in the Shadows won awards in 2014.
A lack of nominees has seen this year's local movie awards postponed until next year.

The New Zealand Film Awards, also known as the Moas, has been held since 2012 and celebrates the best films released over the past year.

However, this year organisers said there simply hadn't been enough movies released to warrant a ceremony.

Organisers Ant Timpson and Hugh Sundae said they did not want to host an inferior show.

"Last year was an incredible year for New Zealand film and we had numerous narrative features nominated,"  Mr Timpson said.

"This year we easily could have ploughed on with less nominees but ... we'd never put on a show that didn't meet our own high standards."

Usually held in December, Mr Timpson said the ceremony would now be held in mid-2016 to allow a stronger mix of films to feature.

Last year's awards were swept up by The Dark Horse, but awards also went to What We Do In the Shadows, Everything We Loved, Hip Hop-eration, The Dead Lands and Housebound.

- NZ Herald

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