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6 Awards at Independent Shorts Awards

August 03, 2019

We're thrilled to announce that April's latest film "The Last Man on Earth" has garnered 6 awards at the Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, 2019.  Gold Awards include Best Women Short and Best Supporting Actor for Duncan Armstrong.  Silver Awards are for Best Director (Female) for April Phillips and Best Sci-Fi Short.  Bronze Awards go to April Phillips for Best Original Story and to composer Tane Upjohn-Beatson for Best Original Score.  Congratulations to the cast and crew.

Recognition at the Golden Fern Awards

October 29, 2019

April's film "Utu Pihikete" was recognised at the 11th Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand and the first Golden Fern Awards at Wellington's stunning Roxy Cinema.  "Utu Pihikete" has previously screened in 3 centres and to tens of thousands of viewers in China at the New Zealand Film Festival in China.

"The Last Man on Earth" Finalist at Rhode Island

August 03, 2019

We're thrilled that our film "The Last Man on Earth" has been judged a Finalist at the prestigious Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Latest film completed - The Last Man on Earth

May 23, 2019

Post production on April's latest film has been completed and the film will now be submitted to the top international and local film festivals.

The Retro Pack at Circa Theatre

July 22, 2019

The Retro Pack at Circa Theatre, Wellington with "Jazz on Broadway".  Starring April Phillips, Andrew London, James Cameron, Greg Crayford, Oscar Laven.  23 to 27 July.  

Wellington Jazz Festival - "Tunes With Views"

June 08, 2019

April sings as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival at the Cable Top Eatery, Kelburn, Wellington - jazz tunes with the best views in town.  Free admission.

Wellington Jazz Festival - The Retro Pack

June 06, 2019

April and The Retro Pack perform at Kapiti Playhouse as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival 2019 with a new show, "Jazz on Broadway"

Musical Antipasto

May 23, 2019

April is appearing in this one-off variety show at Cable Top Eatery, Wellington for Wing It Productions.  

April co-producer of "A Rippon Good Night!"

May 12, 2019

April partners up with MC and comedienne Pinky Agnew to bring you a Wellington theatre first - a benefit variety concert to raise funds for fellow actor and friend, Todd Rippon and his wife Pippa while he undergoes chemo.  This concert at Wellington's Circa Theatre is now sold out and features over 40 stars of New Zealand stage and in addition to producing the show, April and Pinky also appear on stage - Pinky as MC and April with her band, The Retro Pack.

Femme Natale 2 - the sketch comedy show returns

April 25, 2019

The hit comedy stage show Femme Natale returns to Bats Theatre, Wellington.

April's new film in post production

July 31, 2018

Principal photography on April's new film, sci-fi thriller "The Last Man on Earth" has been completed and now the post production process begins.  Starring Shane Bartle, Greer Phillips and Duncan Armstrong.  Filmed on location at Avalon TV & Film Studios, Wellington, New Zealand.

Best Director award, New York

June 18, 2018

April has been awarded Best Director at the Short Film Awards, New York (SOFIES).  Her film "R.E.M." had been nominated in 7 categories including April for best writing, actress and director.  The film was up fabulous competition including the Oscar winning film "The Silent Child".

"Femme Natale" returns due to popular demand

July 02, 2018

April appears in the return season of  Fingal Pollock's sketch comedy show "Femme Natale" at Bats Theatre in Wellington from 3 to 6 July 2018.

"Utu Pihikete" film in China

April 13, 2018

April's film "Utu Pihikete" (writer, co-producer, actress) has been selected to screen at 3 centres in the People's Republic of China, proudly alongside some stellar Kiwi movies.  Congratulations to the cast and crew.

April appears in sketch comedy show "Femme Natale"

May 22, 2018

April appears in Fingal Pollock's sketch comedy show "Femme Natale" at Bats Theatre in Wellington from 23 to 26 May 2018.

7 Nominations at SOFIES, New York

February 04, 2018

April's film "REM" has received multiple nominations at the Short Film Awards (SOFIES), New York.  Nominations are:  Outstanding Technical Work, Best Editing (Nick Swinglehurst), Best Writing (April Phillips), Best Actress (April Phillips), Best Actor (Chris Ryan), Best Director (April Phillips), Best Narrative Short Film (April Phillips/Godiva Productions).  Fingers crossed!!

Outstanding Achievement Award

December 28, 2017

Playwrights Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award 2017 to April Phillips for multiple productions of her plays.

Winner at Fantastic Planet, Sydney

December 02, 2017

April's film "REM" is the winner of the Independent Spirit Award at the 2017 Fantastic Planet genre film festival in Sydney.  April attended the red carpet event to accept the award.

SWANZ Awards 2017 Finalist

September 27, 2017

"Blind Eye", April's feature film adaptation of her stage play of the same name, is a finalist in the 2017 Screen Writers' Awards New Zealand (SWANZ) in the Unproduced Screenplay category.

Best Actress Nomination at Madrid

July 01, 2017

2 nominations at the Madrid International Film Festival 2017 for Best Lead Actress and Best Original Screenplay for April's short film "REM".  

Fantasia Film Festival screening

July 21, 2017

Quel honneur.! "REM" will screen at the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. ""THE MOST IMPORTANT AND PRESTIGIOUS GENRE FILM FESTIVAL ON THIS CONTINENT." - Quentin Tarantino.  April is absolutely thrilled to be selected for this festival.

A Platinum Win at the 50th Worldfest Houston!

April 28, 2017

April's short film "REM" wins a Platinum REMI Award at the prestigious 50th Worldfest film festival in Houston.

Award for Excellence Special Mention at Indiefest

April 23, 2017

April's short film "REM" has been awarded an Award for Excellence Special Mention at this year's Indiefest Film Festival Awards.

BlueCat Semi-Finals

July 31, 2017

April's horror film "Rare" has made it to the semi-finals of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. There are 30 semifinalists out of a total of 1075 submissions so that's pretty neat.

Horror Hound selection at Cincinnati

March 18, 2017

April's film "REM" has been selected to screen at the terrifying HORROR HOUND FILM FESTIVAL in Cincinnati, Ohio. HHFF is from Horror Hound Magazine and this organisation is all about HORROR - radio, films, magazines. So it's thrilling that our film has been selected to join other great films in this genre. Special Guests at the festival include actors from "The Walking Dead", "Bates Motel", "Twilight", "American Horror Story", "The Seed of Chucky" and more. Writer/Director April Phillips reluctantly had to decline an invitation to be on the Filmmaker's Panel because of other commitments. 

Best Director nomination, Switzerland

September 21, 2016

At the Ouchy Film Awards, Lausanne, Switzerland, April has been nominated for Best Director for her work on the film "REM".

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