February 03, 2015
The Dark Horse in double Dutch win
The Dark Horse has continued its run of festival success by taking the Audience Award for Best Film at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, in The Netherlands.
The award has been won by two other New Zealand films in the past, both featuring The Dark Horse star Cliff Curtis – Once Were Warriors in 1995 and Whale Rider in 2003.
In both cases those films went on to feature in the Oscars.
Producer Tom Hern says the film logged one of the highest audience scores in the 45-year history of the festival.
It also won the MovieZone Youth Jury prize, giving it a chance to be part of the education programme run by the EYE Netherlands film institute.
Hern is currently negotiating to get the film about Gisborne chess prodigy Genesis Potini a run in a Los Angeles theatre, which will qualify it for nomination for the 2016 Academy Awards.
It opens in the United Kingdom in April.
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