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Costa Botes

Writer, Director, Producer, Independent Film Maker

Costa has been an independent film maker since the early 1980s, writing and directing original work for film and television.

His short film Stalin’s Sickle won the jury prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in 1988. Forgotten Silver, co-written & directed with Peter Jackson won several awards including best director at the NZ Film & TV Awards, and a special critics prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.

His first feature film, Saving Grace, completed in 1997, was selected for competition at Valladolid and Asia-Pacific Film Festivals. He documented the making of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy Lord of the Rings trilogy  from 1999 to 2003. The three feature length documentaries that resulted were released in 2006.

Costa’s most recent productions include Struggle No More (2006), a biography of NZ’s greatest unknown band, and Yes That’s Me (2008) about blues musician, Dave Murphy. He produced and edited the documentary, Lost In Wonderland for emerging director Zoe McIntosh. This has been selected to screen at the 2009 NZ Film festival. He is currently completing a film about David Klein, the American candy entrepreneur who invented the ‘jelly belly jellybean’, and he is developing a dramatic feature film project about the first man to fly.

Costa was the film critic for the Dominion from 1986 to 1996. He teaches a screenwriting module at the NZ Film & TV School. Aside from making movies, he enjoys playing guitar and banjo with a couple of different bands as time permits.

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