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Finalists announced for national short film competition

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11 October 2013

Finalists announced for national short film competition

The 2013 finalists for the New Zealand secondary school short film competition, Cut!, have been announced.

The films cover a diverse range of genres and topics including sustainability, anorexia, fear and forgiveness and the dangers of shark-finning.

Cut!, run by the Waikato Institute of Technology’s (Wintec), is now in its 10th year of celebrating the talent of young filmmakers.

Cut! co-ordinator, Dawn Tuffery, said it was exciting to see the variety of great work being made by secondary students and commended all the entrants.

“You can tell how much effort goes into producing and submitting these films, from both the filmmakers and their supportive teachers and family. We highly recommend people come and check out the screening.

“The prejudging team had a difficult task deciding on the top ten, but the selected films were chosen for their ability to tell a well-structured, engaging story and for their authentic concepts.”

2013 Finalists

‘One Tree Hill’, directed by Ella Smit, Hauraki Plains College
Two very different friends find out about fear and forgiveness

‘Predator’, directed by Mason Packer, Kapiti College
‘Predator’ examines the dangers of shark-finning and the horrors happening off NZ’s coast

‘Eden’, directed by Georgia Holding & Noelle Dance, Albany Senior High School
A young girl escapes to an abandoned house

‘Skin and Bones’, directed by Deliah Gasson, Hauraki Plains College
A young girl battling anorexia struggles to find the strength to overcome her demon

‘Down the Barrel’, directed by Adam Carter, Paraparaumu College
A former dealer with a guilty conscience is lured into a dangerous revenge trap

‘Keeping the ‘Poo’ out of Pootaruru’, by Kalani, Meaghan & Santrea, Putaruru College
Is cow poo destroying the sustainability of our waters? A team of Putaruru College students wanted to find out

‘Here and Now’, directed by Laurence Yee, Sancta Maria College
Forget what has happened, or what will – life is defined by what we do here now

‘The Uninvited’, directed by Tessa Whale, Tauranga Girls’ College
What happens to the unwanted, the unfashionable, and…the uninvited?

‘Camera in the Wood’, directed by Emily Adeane & Chris Kolston, Albany Senior High School
Faced with amnesia and mysterious footage, a man tries to find his friend before it’s too late

‘Just Over the Fence’, directed by Tyler Handcock, Hauraki Plains College.
A young boy wants to help a mistreated dog – but how will its owner react?

All finalists will be screened at the Cut! Awards Screening at 3pm, Saturday October 19, at Wintec’s Bill Gallagher Events Centre, Event Room One (Tristram St, Hamilton). Entry is free and open to the public.

Awards will be presented for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editor.

A number of awards will be announced and prizes presented, including a one-year Wintec School of Media Arts scholarship and prizes from United Sweets Protel and Ricoh.

Two free workshops will be held before the screening on Saturday October 19 – screenwriting at 11am and acting and directing at 1pm. These will be held in Wintec’s Bill Gallagher Event Centre and are open to all secondary students. To register, contact Barbara Smithers from Wintec’s School of Media Arts on (07) 834 8800, extension 8593.


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