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Congratulations to Laureate-Winning Filmmakers

The New Zealand Film Commission congratulates filmmakers Jane Campion and Dean Parker, winners at the 2013 Macquaurie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards.

The Laureate Awards recognise the excellence achieved in their fields and support their outstanding potential for future growth.

Image from Top of the Lake is courtesy of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion received the Carrosse d'Or in Cannes earlier this year and won the Palme d'Or for The Piano in 1993.  Her most recent effort the New Zealand shot mini-seriesTop of the Lake (pictured), has met with international acclaim since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Screenwriter, playwright, journalist and political commentator Dean Parker is a successful New Zealand screenwriter and playwright with a long list of television, stage and film credits including the iconic film Came a Hot Friday, and plays Midnight in Moscow and the stage adaption of The Hollow Men.

"It's great to have these two filmmakers recognised by the wider New Zealand arts sector at these prestigious awards," says NZFC Chief Executive Graeme Mason.  "These awards are both well-deserved and a fantastic investment in their next endeavours."

The awards ceremony is being held tonight in Auckland.

You can read more about the awards here.

Updated on 23rd July 2015