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NZ film on way to New York

Published: 8:11PM Friday September 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

A New Zealand film has been selected for a prestigious slot which could see it get US backing.

The film - The Changeover - will participate in the No Borders International Co-Production Market during next week's Independent Film Week in New York.

The market provides an opportunity for pitching ideas to the film industry, with the hope of securing financial partners.

The Changeover is an adaptation of Margaret Mahy's young adult novel of the same name.

It is an international classic of the genre, and has never been out of print in the US and Britain since it was first published in 1984.

The coming-of-age romance features a troubled suburban teenager, who must detroy an ancient spirit sucking the life out of her little brother.

"We and the filmmakers are excited about The Changeover's ability to speak to young adults," said the New Zealand Film Commision's development executive, Katherine Fry.

"It builds on our commitment to supporting world-class feature films for families.

"The imaginative world of the script is wonderfully evoked, and we are confident of its potential to captivate a wide audience."

The NZFC invested in the script development of this project and has recently supported Stuart McKenzie - who wrote, directed and co-produced the movie adaptation - to undertake a directing internship with Jane Campion on Top of the Lakes.