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Leanne Pooley

Director, Producer

2017 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
For services to documentary filmmaking 

2017 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (The Moas)
Nominated for Best Documentary: 25 April
Nominated for Best Documentary Director: for 25 April

2016 WIFT NZ Awards (Women in Film and Television)
Achievement in Film: for Beyond the Edge

2013 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Director - Documentary: for Beyond the Edge

2012 New Zealand Television Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Documentary: for Shackleton's Captain
Nominated for Best Feature or Drama Documentary: Shackleton's Captain

2011 New Zealand Arts Foundation
Arts Laureate

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival (United States)
Best of the Fest Programme: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 FIFO Documentary Film Festival
Special Jury Award: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Women's Film Festival Brattleboro (United States)
Best of Fest Award: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
Award for Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival (United States)
Madelyn's Choice Award (named after festival organiser Madelyn Osur): for The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Newfest Film Festival (United States)
Best Documentary Film: for The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Inside Out Film Festival (Canada)
Best Documentary: for The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Reeling - Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Mendocino Film Festival (United States)
Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Portland International Film Festival (United States)
Audience Award for Best Documentary (shared with Arani Cuthbert): The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Seattle International Film Festival
Lena Sharpe Women in Cinema Award: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Audience Dragon Award for Best Feature (with Arani Cuthbert): The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best International Feature Film: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Nashville Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Best LGBT Film: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 River Run Film Festival (United States)
Audience Award for Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2010 Outfest Film Festival Los Angeles
Special Programming Award for Freedom: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2009 Toronto International Film Festival
People's Choice Award for Best Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2009 Melbourne International Film Festival
Audience Award for Most Popular Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Feature Film - Budget Under $1 Million: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary - Television: Try Revolution

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Best Documentary - Television: The Promise
Nominated for Best Director - Documentary: The Promise 

2006 Documentary New Zealand
Special Mention: The Promise

2006 Input Festival (Taiwan)
Best of Fest: The Promise

2005 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Achievement in Directing - Documentary: for Haunting Douglas 
Nominated for Best Documentary (with Shona McCullagh): Haunting Douglas 

2005 ReelDance International Screendance Festival (Australia)
Best Documentary: Haunting Douglas 

2004 Golden Gate Awards - San Francisco Film Festival (United States)
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature: Haunting Douglas  

1999 Qantas Media Awards
Best Documentary: Relative Guilt