2008 Sundance Film Festival
Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Section: Sunshine Cleaning

2008 Deauville Film Festival (France)
Nominated for Top Award (Grand Special Prize): Sunshine Cleaning

2008 Hamburg Film Festival
Nominated for Art Cinema Award: Sunshine Cleaning

2002 Asia-Pacific International Film Festival 
Joint Winner of Special Jury Award (with The Rules of the Game): Rain

2001 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Director: for Rain
Nominated for Best Film: Rain

2001 Cannes Film Festival (France)
Nominated for Golden Camera: Rain 

2001 Ghent International Film Festival (Belgium)
Nominated for Top Award (Grand Prix): Rain

1996 TV Guide New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Commerical (shared with Josh Frizzell's The Mysterious Kron Twins): for Bailey's Liquid Silk

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Commerical (shared with Robyn Isaacs): for Lipstick, NZ Police

1994 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Short Film: Stroke

1994 Chicago International Film Festival 
Nominated for Gold Hugo for Best Short Film: Stroke