Broadcasting student aims for a Cannes Film Festival repeat

Broadcasting student aims for a Cannes Film Festival repeat

New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS) student Kyan Krumdieck is aiming high – for the Cannes Film Festival.

The CPIT Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications student has entered the award winning film "The Grind" that he made with former classmate Annabelle Dick in the prestigious festival's short films section.

Kyan Krumdieck

Krumdieck and Dick were recently awarded best student film in the national Show Me Shorts competition for their eight minute documentary, which is about the encounters of gay and bi-sexual men who use the dating app Grindr.

It won't be the first time the 24 year-old has tackled controversial topics, or been to Cannes to promote his films.

Before attending CPIT's broadcasting course, his feminist film "Peep Show", which he made during a stint at the University of California, Berkeley, won the United States' Campus Movie Fest competition and was accepted into Cannes.

"Cannes was an amazing, life-changing experience, but I didn't have a clue about forming business relationships and networking or what I was doing. But with what I know now, my biggest hope for The Grind is to go back to Cannes with it, knowing what the industry is all about."

He is waiting to hear if the film has been accepted.

American-born Krumdieck came to live in Christchurch as a child, attending Cobham Intermediate and then Burnside High School. 

In just his second year on the CPIT broadcasting school's screen and television production degree course, he's honing his already strong story-telling skills, which he said had grown exponentially during his time at CPIT. Next year, the students will embark on their six month paid industry internships.

'That's why I'm on the course, to continue to grow, but to also learn and improve my technical skills."

With two years' worth of solid learning at broadcasting school under his belt, he tackled making a 20-minute pilot as his second year TV project. 

"Calling Crypto" is a tongue in cheek expo about fictional monsters, and how they are one of society's minorities, therefore very misunderstood creatures.

He and his NZBS classmates wrap up 2015 with a private screening of their work at Hoyts Riccarton tonight (November 25).

To find out more about Krumdieck's projects, check it out this link: