Kiwi Flyer has won an international award at a German children's film festival.
The director of the feel-good family film shot largely in Nelson, Tony Simpson, was invited to present it at the Schlingel - International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience.
More than 100 productions from 36 countries contested for awards, with Kiwi Flyer winning the Audience Award.
Simpson said the award was voted by all the children who attended the festival during the week.
"It was great to hear the German audiences laugh and giggle at all the same jokes as Kiwi kids," he said.
"What was also special is that Europeans have such a strong tradition of making cinema for kids so I was thrilled that our little old Kiwi movie did so well."
Kiwi Flyer was shot in Nelson last year and features about 30 Nelson cast members alongside actors Vince Martin, Dai Henwood, Tandi Wright and Auckland youngsters Edward Hall and Tikirau Hathaway.
The film is about a young boy who sets out to win the local trolley derby in memory of his father.
He learns about life along the way, confronting cheating Australian opponents, dodgy loan sharks and a mother who has banned him from racing.
The film's $1.1 million budget includes funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air, the Nelson City Council and a top-up from Nelson investor group Venture Accelerator Ltd.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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