It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
- New Zealand
The Documentary Award
- Politics - A Flickering Truth
Producer – Director
Pietra Brettkelly is the recipient of TheWIFTS Documentary Award 2015 (Political) for The Flickering Truth, the daring work of a filmmaker who ventures into Afghanistan to document the efforts of a group of film preservationists to protect the country's cinematic cultural archives from the Taliban.
Producer Director Statement:
"I am truly passionate about everything I do – the risks I've taken in making some of my documentaries exhibit either passion or craziness. I have always been excited by stories that matter, the personal journeys that reflect a bigger issue – my Irish heritage has not only given me red hair but also a thirst for story-telling.
"With parents that took me everywhere from Papua New Guinea to Portugal, they encouraged a wonder and appreciation for the diversity of peoples and their stories.
"My self-funded 2008 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary The Art Star and The Sudanese Twins enjoyed international success in competition at several international festivals.
"In 2003 my film Beauty Will Save the World took me to Libya for that country's first ever beauty pageant and an interview with the "mad dog of the Middle East" Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The film premiered at the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles and later at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Toronto and IDFA in Amsterdam.
"My films have a considered quietness to them, a non-judgmental approach that allows subjects to tell their stories. I treasure the honesty and the privilege people grant me in capturing and documenting an often pivotal time in their lives."
The Art Star And Sudanese Twins won the following awards: Best Editing Sundance Film Festival; Qantas Film and Television Best Documentary Director; Qantas Film and Television Best Festival Documentary; Best Director, EIDF Seoul Korea; Best Documentary Whistler Film Festival, Canada; Special Jury Prize Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland.
Pietra has also directed Inside Outward Bound (2011), produced October 15 (2010), and produced and directed Ends of the Earth (2007), and The Rescue of Lani Lingurar (2006), among others.
Pietra Brettkelly is the 2010 recipient of the New Zealand Film Commission Producer's Award, and a graduate of the Binger Doc Lab, Amsterdam.