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A Dunedin short film has won a major prize in the inaugural New Zealand International Film Festival "Best Shorts" competition.
The 11-minute film Home won the $3000 Friends of the Civic Short Film Award for distinctive creative achievement at the Civic in Auckland on Saturday night.
The film, which follows a house on a road trip, was directed by Thomas Gleeson and produced by Gleeson and Pip Walls.
"Home is an original, surprising, even humorous, experimental documentary.
"The house was an engaging character in peril and you really wanted to know how the journey would end," judge Roger Donaldson said.
More than 100 films were viewed for the competition and six finalists selected.
"All films show a very high standard of cinematography and production values.
"I am really impressed by the quality of the acting.
"New Zealand is obviously creating a large pool of very talented people ... ," Mr Donaldson said.
Home screens at Rialto at 6pm on Thursday and 2.15pm on Friday.
The winner of the $5000 Madman Entertainment jury prize was Lambs, by Sam Kelly and Tom Hern.