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2010 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles

Filmmaker Andrew Hunt and actor Jermaine Clement

Filmmaker Andrew Hunt and actor Jermaine Clement

My wife Joy and I attended the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Awards as a result of my film "The Love Game" winning the nationwide Bflix competition. It was a fun night. Bloomingdale's put us up in the Casa Del Mar on the beach at Santa Monica, which was awesome, and added to the whole experience. As they say: location, location, location!

The event itself was great. It started with a walk down the red carpet, which oddly enough is blue at the Indie Spirit awards, followed by cocktails, then a dinner and finally the awards. During the cocktails I met and talked with Leonard Maltin who was fascinating to chat with and then the highlight for me: meeting with Jermain Clement from "Flight of the Conchords". I said to him, "thanks for putting NZ on the map" to which he replied, "not everyone thinks so, a lot of people complain that we made fun of NZ". He was very "down to earth" to chat with and it was just great meeting another Kiwi at the event.

Eddie Izzard was a brilliant host although I'm not sure the American audience got all his jokes, but we were killing ourselves laughing! After it finished we went on to the after party which was OK but we were tired and had to get back to Elias who was being brilliantly looked after by our good friend Sunu. Thanks Sunu!

It's Sunday and we're about to head off for breakfast and then a walk along Santa Monica pier. So enjoying the weather and the break from the New York cold and snow!

You can check out some photos from the event below:

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TV3 (NZ) Interview

Joy, myself and our sixth month old Elias, flew to the UK during the worst winter Britain had experienced in 30 years for Christmas with Joy's family in Leeds. The trip included a drive down to London for my interview with TV3's European Entertainment correspondent Kim Chisnell about "The Love Game" winning the Bflix competition. It was great having them there and adds to Elias' total of key events he's been present for with "The Love Game": from being on set during the filming when he was only a week and half old, to being at the premiere, the Hampton's International Film Festival, The Tribeca Screenings right up to the awards night and now an interview with one of my favorite NZ TV channels. Something I will tell him about when he's older for sure! Click here for the online article:

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"The Love Game" plays on the big screen at Tribeca Cinemas

"The Love Game" and the other four Bflix films are screening at Tribeca Cinemas next week. It's an industry screening for press, cast/crew, and other industry insiders. The screening will be followed by a cocktail reception and a panel discussion with myself and the other four directors. It'll be so good to see it on the big screen and to see the cast and crew again after what feels like forever! I'm certainly over watching it online. Just not the same.

For those of you who've been invited I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday! Will keep you posted on where we play next.

The Bflix Films - Playing at Tribeca Cinemas - October 13, 2009.

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"The Love Game" plays at Hamptons International Film Festival

Bflix directors on a panel at the Hamptons International Film Festival

The Bloomingdale's  promotion ends soon but the five films will have a life outside of the BFLIX campaign. They will tour the international Film Festival circuit starting with the prestigious Hamptons International Film Festival this week.  I have never attended this festival before personally but have heard a great deal of good things about it so I'm very much looking forward to it. I will be on a panel on Sunday along with the other Bflix directors discussing "New Approaches to Reaching An Audience". Definitely a hot topic in Independent film right now. Here's the details of the event below or you could click here to go straight to the site.

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Vanityfair and New York magazines Advert for Bflix

My new film "The Love Game" has been advertised as part of Bloomingdale's Bflix series of five short films made in conjunction with the release of their 2009 Fall Collection.

These ads were in Vanityfair magazine and the New York magazine this month. This is certainly the difference in having someone as large as Bloomingdale's behind your short film as I don't usually find myself in the position to promote my films this way!

You can see The Love Game at www.bloomingdales.com/bflix

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