Kāpiti set film, Six Dollar Fifty Man, has won the Cooper Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival which is based in Bondi Beach, Sydney. Flickerfest 2010 received a record 1500 entries in its 19th year as Australasia’s only Academy Award accredited Short Film festival.
This award follows The Six Dollar Fifty Man’s recent selections for the upcoming Berlin and Sundance film festivals as well as the world’s most important short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The film has gone from strength to strength after having its world premiere and later gaining ‘Special Distinction’ at Festival de Cannes in France in May 2009.
Written and directed by Wellingtonians Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland and produced by Wendy Cuthbert, The Six Dollar Fifty Man is set on the Kāpiti Coast and tells the story of a gutsy 8-year-old boy who retreats into a make believe world to deal with playground bullying.