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Seung-woo Hong’s reflective suspense film about a paranoid school cleaner has taken out the ‘Best Film’ and Best Director prizes in the annual Wintec New Zealand Secondary Schools Short Video Competition – Cut!

Seung-woo Hong, from Nelson College, took home an iMac, Final Cut Express, a Ricoh digital camera, a Wintec Bachelor of Media Arts first-year study grant and Skycity movie passes. This coming weekend, another of his short films The Silent Chase made on a $200 budget, is a finalist at the Big Mountain short film festival in Ohakune.

Another multi-award winner was Brad Griffiths, whose Without Pay took out the awards for Best Hamilton Film and Best Editing.

The most awarded film was Isaiah Tour’s Spore, which won Best Script, Best Animation and Best Original Score. Spore also collected the Audience Favourite Award, putting it in good company with Untouchable Girls and The Strength of Water, which have also picked up audience awards in the last month.

The awards were judged by Renee Casserly, Richard Swainson and Tamar Dorfliger.

Cut! is proudly presented by Wintec and the School of Media Arts, with support from A2Z Technologies, Lapshop, Hamilton City Council, Ricoh, Auteur House, Focal Press and Elsevier.

The full winners’ list is:

Best Film
The Cleaner Seung-woo Hong, Nelson College, Nelson

Best Documentary
Nepal Sebastian Solberg, St Kentigern College, Auckland

Best Director
(Equal Winners) T?gan Hall (Dreamland) and Seung-woo Hong (The Cleaner)

Best Hamilton Film
Without Pay Brad Griffiths, The Correspondence School, Hamilton

Best Editing
Without Pay Brad Griffiths, The Correspondence School, Hamilton

Best Cinematographer
Nepal Sebastian Solberg, St Kentigern College, Auckland

Best Script
Spore Isaiah Tour, Papatoetoe High School, Papatoetoe

Best Animation
Spore Isaiah Tour, Papatoetoe High School, Papatoetoe

Best Performance
Ben Childs 53 Middleton Grange School, Christchurch

Best Original Score
Spore Isaiah Tour, Papatoetoe High School, Papatoetoe

Best Special FX
When Others Sleep Eugene Lee, Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School

Top Cut! School
Gisborne Boys’ High