Unitec’s annual celbration of student filmmaking from around the world found a secondary school title, A Perfect Child (pictured, top), the best of the NZ bunch at this year’s edition. 30 finalists were named across six categories, half of them local titles.
The festival’s judges were filmmaker Alyx Duncan; actress, writer and director, Aidee Walker; and animator Katie Naeher. Winners were announced at the opening night of the festival at Unitec Thursday evening, with the finalist films screening until the close of the festival on Sunday.
Christchurch film A Perfect Child, made with around 60 secondary school students from Christ’s College and St. Margaret’s College, took a year to make and included an original score. A Perfect Child took the Best NZ Film and Best Secondary School awards. Creators Nina Hogg and Simon Brown’s film was already a winner heading into Uni Shorts. Last month it picked up the award for Best Senior Secondary Fiction film award at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards in Melbourne.
The University of Auckland took first and second places in the Best Fiction Postgrad category. Parasites won, while The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers, which has had a numbe of other festival outings prior to Uni Shorts, was named runner-up.
Southern Institute of Technology’s Strike Out, runner-up in the Best Experimental category, was the only other NZ winner.
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, “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.”
All the screening info is available at unitec.ac.nz/unishorts. The Uni Shorts finaliss and winners were:
Return, Ithaca College (USA)
Runner-up: Strike Out, Southern Institute of Technology (New Zealand)
The Swallows, Istanbul University (Turkey)
WINNER: Reconstructing Reality, Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Gem, Unitec (New Zealand)
WINNER: Child, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Fres Boi, University of Vigo – Bellas Artes (Spain)
The Toll, Griffith Film School (Australia)
Pug of War, Media Design School (New Zealand)
Runner-up: Musicide (Musicidio), ECIB Escola de Cinema de Barcelona (Spain)
False Memories, Waiuku College
Blank Canvas, Pakuranga College
Charlie’s Psychosis, Kaiapoi High School
Runner-up: Black Dog, Kapiti College
WINNER: A Perfect Child, Christs College & St Margaret’s College
WINNER: Wolfe, Griffith Film School (Australia)
Runner-up: About art, my family & me, Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)
Butterfly, Stanford University (USA)
Inked in Tradition, University of Auckland/Beijing Normal University (NZ/China)
Internet Explorer, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
Two, The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (Israel)
Ra Menada, Braunschweig University of Art (Germany)
Runner-up: Cloud Kumo, The City College of New York (USA)
Lost in Hope, IFS Cologne (Germany)
WINNER: Out of Reach, The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (Israel)
WINNER: Parasites, University of Auckland (NZ)
Happiness, University of Waikato (NZ)
Veil, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
Runner-up: The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers, University of Auckland (NZ)
HITEK, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
BEST NZ FILM
A Perfect Child, Christ’s College & St Margaret’s College