So, it looks like there isn’t a New Zealand national SF/F convention this year. There will probably be some sort of event for the Sir Julius Vogel awards – no details yet. But what if you want that full natcon experience? Our fannish neighbours to that west are having one – Conflux 16 is the Australian natcon for 2021. It is being held 2-4 October in Canberra.
Obviously getting there relies on the lifting of travel restrictions. But there is going to be a lot of vaccine administered between now and October.
You wouldn’t be traveling new ground for Kiwis. Your humble scribe has been to 5 Confluxes – they are a hugely enjoyable experience. And I’m not the only one – why don’t you consider adding to our numbers.
The finalist shortlist for the Aurealis Awards has been announced and can be found on their website.
Since this is a news service for New Zealand SF/F/H news and the Aurealis Awards are Australian, we wouldn’t normally report this. But we did spot a couple of Kiwis in the list. See if you can spot them.
We may have missed one or two, so comments are left open so you can report your findings.
The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented on Sunday (June 11) at Continuum 13 in Melbourne. You can read the results over on File 770.
SFFANZ News usually publishes these results in order to highlight the Kiwis who have been winning awards on the other side of the Tasman. This year however, there isn’t really anything to report in that area. So instead, here are a couple of highlights from these awards that may interest NZ readers…
Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole won the best novel Ditmar. Kaaron was a high profile attendee at the recently completed NZ Natcon Lexicon in Taupo. Kaaron has already been shoulder tapped to be a guest at the 2019 NZ Natcon (GeyserCon) in Rotorua. Of particular note here is that The Grief Hole has now won an Australian Shadows award, an Aurealis award and now a Ditmar award. Possibly a unique treble.
Rose Mitchell was presented the Peter McNamara Achievement Award. Rose is a former FFANZ delegate known to many NZ fans. She was most recently a guest at SmofCon South held in Wellington last year.
During the “Australia” panel at Lexicon, it was noted that it can be hard for folk in NZ to find out what is happening in Australian spec fiction. It is therefore worth noting that the 2016 Australian SF Snapshot picked up an award. Further to that information, if you really are interested in what is happening in Aussie SF, have a look at the ASFF SF Resources page. Or for a writing oriented list of event’s have a look at Jason Nahrung’s Australian Literary Festival Calendar.
For those going to Sydney after September…
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will present the world premiere of STAR VOYAGER: Exploring Space on Screen, a major exhibition charting the history and future of space exploration as experienced through the moving image, including the opportunity to see artefacts used in space plus film production materials.
It opens on Thursday 22 September, 2011 and will run through to Sunday 29 January, 2012. Ticketing information and details of special film and public programs will be available online soon.
The SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is running an online animation competition. The winner will receive $20,000 in prize money and their entry will be screened at a GRAPHIC festival event at the opera house.
a) The Competition is open to animation lovers 18 years of age and over.
b) The Entrant(s) must be the person/people creating the animation.
c) To enter the Competition you must be available to be in Sydney during the period 20 – 21 August 2011 to participate in the screening of the live event, Graphic Live. Overseas Entrants must possess a current valid passport and obtain any visas necessary to travel to Sydney for the Graphic Live event at the Sydney Opera House on 20-21 August 2011. [Employees of Sydney Opera House and their immediate families, associated agencies of this promotion and companies associated with this promotion are not eligible to enter the Competition
d) Each Entry must comply with the Competition Rules. Failure to do so will result in automatic disqualification from the Competition and immediate removal of the Entry from the Competition Website, at Sydney Opera House’s sole discretion.
e) Any queries relating to the Competition should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Paul Haines, nominated for his novella ‘Her Gallant Needs’.
The list of finalists can be found here.
The finalists for the AUREALIS AWARDS were announced in late March, with the winners to be announced on the 21 May.
Congratulations to Karen Healy, Juliet Mariller, Paul Haines and all the finalists.
Headed to Melbourne in June/July?
CircusOZ, Australia’s premier contemporary circus, are putting on a Steampunk-themed show in Melbourne from June 22 to July 17. Tickets go on sale March 8, and you can see some photos here.
Australian artist SHAUN TAN won the Oscar for ‘Best Animated Short Film’ for the 15-minute digitally animated ‘The Lost Thing’, based on the book by the same name. The film can be viewed here.
2011 DITMAR AWARDS, to be presented at Swancon/Natcon, are open for nominations until 14 March. A list of eligible works can be found here.
Who can nominate can be found here.
- 4.1 Eligible nominators and voters: Nominations will be accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or supporting members of the national convention of the year of the award. Where a nominator may not be known to the Awards subcommittee, the nominator should provide the name of someone known to the subcommittee who can vouch for the nominator’s eligibility.
Whether you were at Aussiecon 4 or not you may be interested in seeing what others experienced. This page from Gary Kemble has a vast number of links to convention reports from a wide range of attendees as well as a few outsider views.