It's always a pleasure to announce early selections, and we've covered a bunch of bases with our choices this month. They're chosen from all submissions so far received.
First up, podcasts. We added two Actual Play selections to the list: Kill Every Monster, hosted by Dylan Malenfant and Aram Vartian; and the winner of this category in 2022, Party of One by Jeff Stormer.
Three fiction podcasts join the list: Fawx & Stallion, written and directed by Lauren Grace Thompson and Ian Geers; Fire Pockets, written and directed by Michael Ryan Hahn; and Table Read - Ren Faire vs Aliens, written by Harry Aspinwall.
We added three short films this month: NZ non-fiction What's the Disabili-Tea: Misty Frequency from Attitude; NZ narrative fiction Death & Margaret by Sam Geri; and Canada's Aero Orange by Marcus Fehrer.
In our series categories, we're naming selections in our animation, pilot, factual and narrative categories.
Massey Uni student project Roadkill Rockband, directed by Magda Wojciechowska, is selected in our animation category.
We're adding two pilots: our first ever selection from Kazahkstan, Aset Zhumakanov's Made in Turkistan; and Awanui Simich-Pene's local show, Te Pāmu Kūmara.
Three factual shows join the party: Patrick Bossé's Canadian North Star; and a pair of local shows - Kate Prior's Chris & Eli's Porn Revolution (above), and Michelle Mae Cameron's Fight or Flight.
Last but not least, we've also added three narrative fiction series: Mel House's Hot Angry Mom from the US; Kerry Drumm's Incoming: The Wives from Australia, which follows Incoming: Words of War, one of our 2021 finalists; and Roberto Nascimento's local series Sky Tower.
Congrats to all the creators, casts and crews behind those podcasts, series and shorts. You can see all our 2023 selections so far right here.