Curtis Vowell has worked in the New Zealand film and theatre industries for the last ten years. His debut feature film Fantail won over crowds both at home and overseas screening at a number of international film festivals. Fantail was nominated for 8 New Zealand Film Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was invited to have its international premiere at Rotterdam Inter- national Film Festival in 2014. The film had a nationwide release in New Zealand last year and was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival, winning a People’s Choice award. Curtis’ recent directing credits include a series of short films for Auckland Museum’s Taku Tāmaki exhibition, the theatre production, Manawa Ora and the web series $1 reserve. Curtis is part of the Squiz collective, a short form comedy platform and has created and directed content for their website.