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Uni Shorts 2014: crowns winners

From 190 entries to 35 finalist films, one of which was deemed not really suitable for showing, Uni Shorts closed out its 2014 edition by announcing its winners on Sunday evening.

The weekend’s three panel discussions delivered panel members who spoke intelligently and offered up plenty of real world advice all loosely around the theme of getting started. The weekend’s youngest panel member, Calvin Sang, ended the weekend a winner with his school film The Break Up.

Outside the NZ-only schools competition, a pair of German institutions dominated the undergraduate and postgraduate fiction categories, scoring nine of the 15 nominations. With the exception of the audience award for international film, German titles took out all the gongs won by overseas entrants.

Yoobee was the front-runner among the NZ institutions, beginning the weekend with five nominations across two categories. None turned into gongs on the night. Meanwhile, home ground advantage might have played a part in Unitec finalist Syrenia leaving with the audience award for NZ films.

Uni Shorts ran 12 – 14 September at Unitec, Auckland. Winning films received prizes from sponsors Kenderdine-Professional Lighting Services, Quinto Communications Ltd, ACG Yoobee School of Design, Atomise Ltd-Avid and Sound Techniques, Documentary NZ Trust, Goethe Institut & UNITEC.

The 2014 Uni Shorts were (marked ***):  
Animation
***Omega, dir. Eva Franz and Andy Goralczyk, German Film and Television Academy (Germany)
Madman, Yoobee School of Design (New Zealand)
Falling Star, Hong Kong Polytechnic (Hong Kong)
The Skin Factory, Griffith Film School (Australia) 
Abraham, Yoobee School of Design (New Zealand) 

Non-Narrative (Experimental)
****In Vitro, dir. Zach Challies, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Sleeping Dream, Yoobee School of Design (New Zealand)
Dream State, Yoobee School of Design (New Zealand)
Change, Yoobee School of Design (New Zealand) 
Classroom, Columbia College Chicago (United States) 
 
Documentary
Monodidi: four phases of one, University of Auckland (New Zealand)  
***Sorry to Interrupt, dir. David Lorenz, German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Germany)
Tumbang Preso (Jailbreak), AUT (New Zealand) 
Motor Mouth, Staffordshire University (England) 
Home in Mind, German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Germany)

Secondary Schools
***The Break Up, Saint Kentigerns College
One Tree Hill, Hauraki Plains College 
Just over the fence, Hauraki Plains College
Adeo, Newlands School
Predator, Kapiti College

Undergraduate Fiction
At the Door, German Film and Television Academy (Germany) 
***Bahar in Wonderland, dir. Behrooz Karamizade, German Film and Television Academy (Germany)
Birdsong, NZ Film and TV School (New Zealand)
It’s Dark in the City, German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Germany
Los Demonios (Demons), ECAM (Spain)
Herrmann, German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Germany)
Terapia, ECAM (Spain)
White Night, German Film and Television Academy (Germany)
SNIP, Canterbury University (New Zealand)
Syrenia, Unitec (New Zealand)

Postgraduate Fiction
***Where We Are, dir. Ilker Çatak, Hamburg Media School (Germany)
Not less than 50kg, Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema & TV (Ukraine)
Old School, Hamburg Media School (Germany) 
For Lotte, Hamburg Media School (Germany) 
Dog Walker, Hamburg Media School (Germany) 

Audience Awards
Best International Film: Motor Mouth, Staffordshire University, England (Documentary)
Best NZ Film: Syrenia, Unitec (Undergraduate Fiction)

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