August is the month we spend trying to make sure we're as ready as possible for the busiest part of the year.
By this time next month, we'll have closed submissions for #NZWF23 (yes, that was a hint!), be ready to announce our line-up of selections and be neck-deep in decisions about what titles to nominate for which awards, organising files for judges to access and getting the judging processes underway.
And, after all that's done, we'll be into October when the plate-spinning really starts.
Right now, we're calling out for judges, and - if you can spare an evening from the comfort of our own sofa - we'd love you to throw your hat in the ring. If you're interested, please email [email protected] and let us know whether you'd prefer to judge for our podcast, series or shorts awards.
If you've got a submission in with us this year, that's OK. We won't create a conflict of interest and ask you to judge a category you might be nominated in.
We put together our juries so that people from NZ judge in our international award categories, and people from overseas judge NZ categories.
We always invite previous year's winners to join our jury pool, and their generosity is legendary and loved. Buuuuut (you knew there was a but coming, didn't you!) that approach only works when there are winners from a previous year.
This year, we've introduced short films into our programme, so we have no pool of previous winners. We are, therefore, especially keen to hear from people willing to join a jury in our shorts categories.
We're certainly not the only people getting busy at the moment, and you can find news of what some other festivals are up to down below.