Self-confessed filmhead Ant Timpson was last night named the inaugural ART Creative Entrepreneur of 2012 for his contributions to the industry.
Initiated by the Arts Regional Trust (ART), the award is a $10,000 cash prize and perhaps more importantly, recognition for Timpson's 25 years spent encouraging and enabling Kiwis to watch, make and love movies.
He is the founder of the Incredibly Strange Film Festival, the 48 Hour film challenge, 2Brothers films, Secret Cinema and Cinema Circus.
Judges Alex Swney and Jennifer Ward-Lealand paid tribute to the countless hours of hard graft on Timpson's part to spark the imaginations of thousands of movie-goers, film buffs and aspiring filmmakers.
“Ant has ‘flicked a switch’ for a generation of filmmakers,” says Ward-Lealand. “What Ant does through the 48HOURS - Furious Filmmaking Competition is groundbreaking, and can be life-changing for those who take part in it. He makes filmmaking achievable, literally bringing it into your lounge, making filmmaking possible for anyone and everyone. You can really see the reach that Ant has achieved through his work. The results and legacy are tangible.”
Swney said he was impressed by Timpson's "incredible entrepreneurial spirit”.
“Ant is always looking for the possibilities; he’s an innovator, an instigator and a ‘cage rattler’! He works the angles to make things happen, and through his passion and great projects, including the Incredibly Strange film festival and ‘Make My Movie, he has found ways to maximise and grow involvement in movies from the grassroots up.”
“Apart from coming second in an egg and spoon race in 1975 this is really my first award. It means a lot to receive it.
"To be honest, I think the award is simply recognition of the talent base we have in this country and that many times all it required was a platform or structure to blossom. I exploited this neglect and am both stoked and surprised that others see real benefits in these events too."
Another 12 creative entrepreneurs were celebrated at the gala event at Auckland’s Floating Pavilion and awarded a place worth up to $35,000 on the year-long creative enterprise accelerator programme ART Venture.
The recipients are: Celia Harrison, Ella Mizrahi, Kristina Hard, Kyra Clark, Margaret-Mary Hollins, Marshall Smith, Sally Greer, Sarah Graham, Shirley Allan, Tamati Patuwai, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Tim Bray.