2008 Era New Horizons Film Festival (Poland)
Grand Prix in International Section (Audience vote): Rain of the Children

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Achievement in Directing in Film: for Rain of the Children

2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated for Achievement in Directing - Film: for Rain of the Children

2007 Order of New Zealand Merit
For Services to Film

1993 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for Best Director: for Map of the Human Heart
Nominated for Best Film (with Tim Bevan and Timothy White): Map of the Human Heart 

1989 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Director: for The Navigator
Best Original Screenplay (shared with Geoff Chapple and Kely Lyons): The Navigator
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or (Grand Prize): The Navigator

1988 Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Director: for The Navigator
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Film: The Navigator

1986 National Mutual GOFTA Awards
Best Original Screenplay (shared with Graeme Tetley): for Vigil

1984 Cannes Film Festival 
Nominated for the Palme d'Or: Vigil (first NZ feature to compete for the festival's grand prize)

1978 Chicago International Film Festival
Gold Hugo: A State of Siege