2017 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Best Director: for Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Best Screenplay: for Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016 San Francisco International Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Audience Award: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Nominated for Best International Feature Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016 Seattle International Film Festival
Runner-up for Golden Space Needle Award (Best Film): Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Nominated for Youth Jury Award: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016 Independent Film Fetival of Boston
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

2016 Wisconsin Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2014 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Self-Funded Film: What We Do in the Shadows
Nominated for Best Feature: What We Do in the Shadows

2014 SPADA Screen Industry Awards (NZ Screen Production and Development Association)
Independent Producer of the Year (shared with Chelsea Winstanley)

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Film: Boy
Best Director - Film: for Boy
Screenplay - Film: for Boy
Supporting Actor: for Boy

2010 Sundance Film Festival (United States)
Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema Dramatic Section: Boy

2010 Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival
Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix: Boy
(Grand Prize in Generation section, devoted to "lively cinema aimed at young audiences")

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Director - Film: for Eagle vs Shark
Nominated for Best Screenplay: for Eagle vs Shark
Nominated for Best Picture - Budget over $1 Million (with Cliff Curtis and Ainsley Gardiner): Eagle vs Shark

2007 Sundance Film Festival (United States)
Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic Section: Eagle vs Shark

2006 Flickerfest Short Film Festival (Australia)
Coopers Award for Best Film: Tama Tū

2005 Melbourne International Film Festival
Best Fiction Short Film: Tama Tū

2005 Stockholm International Film Festival
Best Short Film: Tama Tū

2005 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (United States)
Best Live Action Short: Tama Tū

2005 VC LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (United States)
Linda Mabalot New Director's/New Visions Award: for Tama Tū

2005 Wairoa Māori Film Festival
Best Dramatic Short: Two Cars, One Night

2005 Indianapolis International Film Festival (United States)
Grand Jury Prize for Best Short (tied with Solo un Cargador): Tama Tū

2005 Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival
Honourable Mention in Panorama Section: Tama Tū

2005 Academy Awards
Nominated for Best Live Action Short: Two Cars, One Night

2005 Sundance Film Festival
Honourable Mention for Short Film Making: Tama Tū

2005 St Tropez Film Festival
Honourable Mention: Tama Tū

2005 Aspen Shortsfest (United States)
Special Jury Prize: Tama Tū

2004 Berlin Film Festival
Best Short Film – Panorama Section: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Aspen Filmfest (United States)
Best Drama: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany)
Prize of the Cinema Jury: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Newport Film Festival (United States)
Jury Prize: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Hamburg Short Film Festival
Best Short Film: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Seattle Film Festival
Best Short Film: Two Cars, One Night

2004 Melbourne International Film Festival
Best Live Action Short Film: Two Cars, One Night

2004 National Geographic All Roads Festival (United States)
Audience Award: Two Cars, One Night

2004 American Film Institute Festival
Grand Jury Prize for Best International Short Film: Two Cars, One Night

2003 New Zealand Film Awards
Short Film - Screenplay: for Two Cars, One Night
Nominated for Best Short Film: Two Cars, One Night

2000 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Actor: for Scarfies