NZ Graduate at Cannes


6 May 2014

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NZ Graduate at Cannes

6 May 2014

SOUNDS PERFECT is a 7-minute mockumentary film about Dave Dobson, an “audio enhancement engineer” in the adult film industry. He strives to do the best job possible, in an industry where standards don't matter.

Sounds Perfect

“Most of the people who are going to watch this film will have the sound turned down so their f---ing mothers can't hear it!”

The film was originally produced for the inaugral Tropfest, New Zealand 2013, 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. It went on to win 2 of the 4 awards; 'Best Maori Director' for Allan George and 'Best Actor' for Greg Stubbings (previously from Seven Sharp and The Crowd Goes Wild).

Influenced by his time at SAE Institute in Parnell, Auckland, the film started as a seed of an idea in Allan's mind and was developed into a treatment by Greg Stubbings. With only a few weeks to spare before the Tropfest submission deadline, the film was produced by Sideways Productions with some actor friends and favours; and with only a basic script, the film was made for less than $300.

It has since gone on to be 'officially selected' for a list of film festivals, locally and around the world; including the Academy Award-accredited 20th Austin Film Festival, and the 14th ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival. Most recently it has been accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 67th Festival de Cannes 2014, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The SFC is a database of out-of-competition films accessible by a massive audience of industry professionals, distributers, producers, and attendees.

Sounds Perfect Laurels May 2014

Full list (in chronological order)

  • Tropfest New Zealand 2013 (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
  • Allshorts Film Festival 2013 (Golden Bay, New Zealand)
  • Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2013 (Wairoa, New Zealand)
  • ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival 2013 (Toronto, Canada)
  • Austin Film Festival 2013 (Austin, Texas, USA)
  • Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival 2014 (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
  • Comedy Ninja Film Festival 2014 (Los Angeles, California, USA)
  • Iron Mule Comedy Film Series 2014 (New York, New York, USA)
  • Festival de Cannes 2014 Short Film Corner (Cannes, France)

The film has also previously aired on the Rialto Channel here in New Zealand, and SBS 2 in Australia as part of their Tropfest TV series, which showcased the best Tropfest films from around the world.

With the help of the New Zealand Film Commission's 'Short Film Travel Assistance' Grant, Director Allan George was able to attend both ImagineNative and the Austin Film Festival in October. There he got to meet and hear from some of the biggest names in the industry; including Shane Black (Iron Man 3 Director), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City Director), and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad Creator). Most recently Allan has been awarded 'Best Maori Director' for the second time at Tropfest New Zealand 2014 with his film ON THE ROCKS, and has been presented with the NZFC's 'Professional Development' Award to be able to attend a Director's workshop with Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Scandor Copti in Hong Kong in August.