As reported by www.thestable.com.au

Here’s a Hollywood dream come true: “Congratulations! Your entry Blazed has been chosen as a GOLD winner of The 2014 A-List Hollywood Film Advertising Craft Awards.” Blazed also won Bronze in copywriting.

The ad was created by director Taika Waititi for for Clemenger BBDO NZ & New Zealand Traffic Authority. It went to air on Maori Television in September 2013, launched with this unassuming blurb:

“Three Maori boys find themselves in a situation familiar to most kids growing up in New Zealand: sitting outside in the car, waiting for one of their dads to come out and drive one of them home. The only thing is, the dad has been blazing, and the kids know it. We watch them change from comical to contemplative, as they examine their own awareness of their dads’ behaviour in the raucous, imaginative way only young boys can.”

A string of stellar awards now describe it. These include:

2 Gold (Script and Casting) and 1 Silver (Direction) in Film Craft Lions at Cannes.
3 Gold Andy's
3 NY Festivals 1st Place Winners (Direction, Script/Copywriting, FILM:Television/Cinema/Online - Politics/Government)
The Grand Axis, the Grand Prix in Screen Content and the Grand Prix in Craft Direction at Axis 2014.

The A-List Hollywood Film Advertising Craft Awards are just two years old and the first awards event in Hollywood to focus on the commercial advertising production and post production industry.

The competition and festival is held in conjunction with the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) – 44 of its participating filmmakers have earned Academy Award nominations, 13 have won Oscars.

Article available here: http://www.thestable.com.au/curious-wows-hollywood/


With offices in Sydney, Auckland and Queenstown, Curious Film is a full-service production company that represents some of the region’s most dynamic commercial directors and photographers. Founded ten years ago the company has been recognized at some of the world’s most prestigious awards festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Lions, D&AD, ADC, Clios, One Show, NYF Award, Axis, Spikes, AdFest and Young Guns. Curious Film offers a full-service production facility for commercial and feature film productions; is a participating member of SPAA, SPADA, CPC; and is proud to be the region’s first CarboNZero production company