Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Christchurch school team wins Best NZ Film award

Christchurch school team wins Best New Zealand Film award at Uni Shorts with A Perfect Child
STRICTLY EMBAROGED UNTIL 6PM, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23

AUCKLAND, Thursday November 23 – A Perfect Child; a film by students at Christ’s College and St. Margaret’s College in Christchurch, has been voted the Best New Zealand Film at the annual Uni Shorts student film festival, a celebration of student film-making from around the world curated and hosted by Unitec Institute of Technology.

This year’s Uni Shorts line-up saw thirty finalists across six categories with the winners being named at the opening night of the festival at Unitec in Auckland this evening. The judging panel included award-winning filmmaker Alyx Duncan, renowned actress, writer and director, Aidee Walker, and internationally acclaimed animator, Katie Naeher. The festival runs from tonight until Sunday, 26 November.

The 18-minute long A Perfect Child is the work of around 60 secondary school students from Christ’s College and St. Margaret’s College in Christchurch and tells the story of Ava, a young girl in an orphanage who comes to realise that fellow orphans are being cloned to create perfect children. The film took a year to make, with students involved in every aspect of production, including writing, directing, casting, costuming and post-production. Directed by William Burns, A Perfect Childfeatures an original film score composed by Year 13 student Jeremy Lidstone.

Peter Hewson, Head of Media Studies at Christ’s College, was delighted with the win. “Our objective has been to aspire to the highest possible production values we can, and our win this evening is a fitting acknowledgement of the many months of hard work, perseverance and grit by all the students across both schools. I applaud each and every one of them, and am very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

A Perfect Child also won the Best Secondary School category with judges praising the Christchurch-based students for their strong premise and depth of talent. Runner-up in the category was Kapiti College with Black Dog.

The University of Auckland dominated the Best Fiction Postgrad category, taking out both the winner and runner-up prizes. In first place was Parasites which tells the story of a young woman fighting pressures from inside and out, pushing her to have children. Judges praised the film for its hilarious premise and solid acting. Runner-up in the category was The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers.

International institutions took top honours in the Best Fiction Undergrad category. Out of Reach from the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem was placed first with their “poignantly moving, yet simple concept”. The film is about photo shop assistant, Hagar, who in following up customers who have not returned to collect VHS tapes they left to be digitised, uncovers a family with a poignant story. The City College of New York was runner-up with Cloud Kumo.

A Dutch film, Reconstructing Reality, by the Design Academy in Eindhoven won the Best Experimental category. The judges found it “entertaining and intriguing” and commented on the effective use of multi-split screens and the perfect timing of the film. The New Zealand film – Strike Out – from the Southern Institute of Technology was runner-up in the category.

European entries came to the fore in the Best Animation category with Child from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Germany taking first place, and Musicide(Musicidio) from ECIB Escola de Cinema de Barcelona in Spain runner-up. Child drew praise from the judges for its visual style and beautiful construction, as well as its natural animation and effective sound design. Child tells the life story of a child who goes in search of firewood, seeking ever more fuel for his fire as he grows into a man.

Wolfe, a personal story about a man’s pursuit of peace and respite from a mental disorder, won the Best Documentary category. The film is from the Griffith Film School in Australia and was praised by the judges for its honesty, rawness and simplicity in covering a complex subject. About art, my family & me, from Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, was runner-up in the category.

Dr Vanessa Byrnes, Uni Shorts festival chairperson and head of Creative Industries at Unitec, praised the quality and diversity of this year’s submissions, saying “Uni Shorts is one of the only film festivals in the world to celebrate student filmmaking and we’re very proud to be curating and hosting this event.

“The range of films we’ve seen this year was particularly strong, and we look forward to following the success of our winners, particularly those from the younger age categories who are debuting their film-making talents at Uni Shorts.”

For a full schedule of screenings from 24-26 November go to www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts

Follow Uni Shorts on Facebook & Twitter @unishorts #unishorts
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>


Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>

ALSO:

Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland