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This is a really special session. The BSS 2020 audience will get a sneak preview of five up-and-coming New Zealand feature films. The directors of these films will show a never before seen clip from their film, share what drove them to make it and some knowledge they gained along the way.

The directors of five soon to be released feature films share a never-before-seen clip from their film and talk about what drove them to make it. Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner with CousinsLinda Niccol with Poppy, Florian Habicht with James & Isey, Matthew Saville with Juniper and Roseanne Liang with Shadow in the Cloud. Strictly no photographs or audio-visual recordings are to be taken during this session.


Directed by Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner
Written by Briar Grace-Smith and Patricia Grace
Produced by Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Allison Conder
The story of Mata, raised by a cruel guardian who keeps her from her family, Makareta, the reluctant princess of her tribe, and Missy, overlooked but in the end the glue that holds them together. Three cousins, once thrown together and as women grown apart, ultimately sharing a connection that can never be broken.


Written and Directed by Linda Niccol
Produced by Alex Cole-Baker and Robin Liang
The story of a young woman with Down syndrome who refuses to be defined by her disability and decides to take control of her life.


Written and Directed by Matthew J Saville
Producers Desray Armstrong and Angela Littlejohn
On returning home from boarding school, a self-destructive teenager discovers his gin-soaked grandmother has moved in.  A battle of wills ensues which enables him to embrace life again, and her to face her own mortality.

James & Isey

Written, Directed by Florian Habicht
Florian Habicht’s upcoming documentary.

Shadow in the Cloud

Directed by Roseanne Liang
Written by Roseanne Liang and Max Landis
Produced by Tom Hern, Alexander Borgers, Belindalee Hope, Fred Burger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Kelly McCormick
A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.