AUT University Journalism Publication “TE WAHA NUI” this week featured an article on Dimi’s Cannes trip;

Happy and humbled – director of dark film heads for bright lights of Cannes

By ⋅ May 10, 2012

An Auckland-based filmmaker is off to this year’s Cannes Film Festival after successfully fundraising for his trip on the internet.

Dimi Nakov is “happy and humbled”
about the success of his short film,
Blindside.  Photo: Supplied

Dimi Nakov, director and producer of Blindside, is “happy and humbled” that his short film is included in this year’s Cannes Short Film Corner digital library.

This inclusion allows Nakov to join film workshops and networking events during the festival and is also an opportunity to sell future projects to international film buyers.

Blindside, a dark film about domestic abuse in Kiwi households, was self-funded by Nakov who was hesitant at first to attend the festival.

Read the full article here

HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE involved with all 3 shorts and everyone who helped me to get to Cannes to promote BLINDSIDE and a few other Projects. Also I wish I was part of this year 48 Hour Challenge in New Zealand. https://www.facebook.com/48Hours.co.nz

IMDb Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125453/combined
You Tube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/BLINDSIDETHEMOVIE
Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BlindSideNZ
BLINDSIDE Website: http://blindside.co.nz/

The tremendous support given to the indiegogo.com Get Dimi to Cannes 2012 fundraising campaign, we are now happy to be able to confirm that Dimi Nakov has now booked his flights and accommodation.

The fund was the idea of Phil Grieves (Zodiac Entertainment) and Kay Rayner  (Earthwire Productions).
Jonathon Rayner-Burt (Earthwire Productions) set it up and administered the campaign.

Our sincere thanks are due to them and to every single person who contributed to the campaign.

Thank you all so much!

Now Dimi is deep into preparations for his trip to make absolutely sure that he makes the most of this fantastic opportunity.  He hopes to be able to meet with the many like-minded people who go to Cannes and make some valuable contacts, with the ultimate aim of helping Zodiac Entertainment to produce high quality projects from its extensive slate.

Fundraiser for Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

“This is Max, my talented and likable brother-in-law who fought a long battle with mental illness before taking his own life back in 1995. He is the reason that I am taking on CoastPathRun and he will be very much on my mind throughout. If the pain that Tom and I suffer over the course of our 1,014 km long run can help prevent even one more tragedy such as Max’s then it will have all been worthwhile. If you can please support our efforts by making a donation to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand via my fundraising page
Mal Law, 2012
Over a 24-hour period (21 April) ultra-distance trail runner Mal Law scaled North Head, a prominent and historic Auckland landmark, from sea level no less than 148 times – the equivalent of climbing and descending Mt. Everest from sea level in a single day.  That’s 8,880m of climbing and 8,880m of descending. The same as climbing up and down about 45,000 steps – only more difficult as it’s mostly rough, steep trails that Mal will be using!
Why?  Mal did this as part of his rigorous training regime for the CoastPathRun in the UK during June.
Mal hopes that EVEREST IN A DAY will catch the attention of the New Zealand public, making them aware of CoastPathRun and its goal of raising funds for mental health charities in both the UK and New Zealand.
CoastPathRun is a 1,014 km running odyssey with Englishman Tom Bland over the full length of the UK’s longest trail – the South West Coast Path – that will see the duo climb the equivalent of 4 Mt. Everests over just 2 weeks, so they both need to be very hill fit!
How can you help?  The views from the of the top of North Head were brilliant (apparently)!   Even if you didn’t manage to make it in person and run up it a few times with Mal, please help spread the word about this fantastic endeavour, and consider making an online donation via Mal’s fundraising site http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/MalcolmLaw/