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Sima Urale

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Sima Urale

Sima Urale, Samoa’s first female filmmaker, has brought touching stories of Pacific peoples to the screen, often from an NZ outsider’s point of view. Urale credits her film success to determination and dealing with social issues close to her heart. Her lauded shorts (O Tamaiti, Still Life) were followed by her 2008 feature debut Apron Strings. Urale is head tutor at Wellington's NZ Film and Television School.

I always strive to make a film that says what I want it to say. If I didn’t have anything to say, I wouldn’t make films.  
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 Women of the Pacific

Women of the Pacific

Writer
Director

2012

 Apron Strings

Apron Strings

Director

2008

 Coffee and Allah

Coffee and Allah

Director

2007

 Hip Hop New Zealand

Hip Hop New Zealand

Director

2003

 The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

Actor

2003

 The Living Room - Series One (Flight of the Conchords)

The Living Room - Series One (Flight of the Conchords)

Director

2002

 The Living Room - Series One (excerpts)

The Living Room - Series One (excerpts)

Director

2002 - 2003

 The Living Room - Series One, Episode Eight

The Living Room - Series One, Episode Eight

Director

2002

 The Living Room - Series One, Episode Two

The Living Room - Series One, Episode Two

Director
Presenter

2002

 Mercury Lane

Mercury Lane

Director

2002

 Still Life

Still Life

Writer
Director

2001

 Sub-Cranium Feeling

Sub-Cranium Feeling

Director

1998

 Skitz - 'Best Of' Excerpts

Skitz - 'Best Of' Excerpts

Actor

1997

 Velvet Dreams

Velvet Dreams

Director

1997

 An Immigrant Nation - Searching for Paradise

An Immigrant Nation - Searching for Paradise

Narrator

1996

 O Tamaiti

O Tamaiti

Writer
Director

1996

 Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Actor

1995

 Skitz

Skitz

Actor

1993 - 1997


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 Interview with Sima Urale

Director Sima Urale discusses being a South Pacific filmmaker with NZ On Screen's Clare O'Leary: from the immigrant experience in Aotearoa (...

Awards

2009 Women in Film and Television International Awards (United States)
Best Feature Film: Apron Strings

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Film: for Apron Strings

2008 Hawaii International Film Festival
Best Short Film: Coffee & Allah

2008 Vladivostok Film Festival (Russia)
Style Evocation Award: for Coffee and Allah

2008 'Golden Minbar' International Festival of Muslim Cinema (Russia)
Best Short Film: Coffee & Allah

2004 NZ On Air Music Video Celebration Award
For Sub-Cranium Feeling (King Kapisi)

2001 Montreal Film Festival
Best Short Film: for Still Life

2001 Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)
Special Mention: for Still Life

2001 Drifting Clouds Film Festival (New Zealand)
Best Director: for Still Life
Best Screenplay: for Still Life

1999 Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival (Canada)
Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary: Velvet Dreams

1997 Flying Fish Awards
Best Music Video: Sub-Cranium Feeling

1997 BFM Awards
Best Music Video: Sub-Cranium Feeling

1997 Mai Time Awards
Best Music Video: Sub-Cranium Feeling

1996 Venice Film Festival
Silver Lion for Best Short Film: O Tamaiti

1996 Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Plaque for Best Short Film: O Tamaiti

1996 Asia Pacific Film Festival
Best Short Film: O Tamaiti

1996 TV Guide New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Short Film: O Tamaiti

1996 Aspen Film Festival (United States)
Special Recognition Award: O Tamaiti

1996 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival (Australia)
Best Screenplay: for O Tamaiti