Wellington’s next generation of young filmmakers are ready to showcase their cinematic skills at the annual Roxy5 Short Film Competition, with over 25 entrants delivering an exceptionally broad range of stories through a beguiling mix of genres. Roxy5 continues the partnership between Capital E and Miramar Creative Ltd.
Given around 14 weeks to produce their own 5 minute film, school students from years 7-13 took up the challenge, delivering a storyline that contains three key elements, a line of dialogue using ‘kapai’ or ‘good one’ in any chosen language, and representation of two famous Kiwi cultural icons – gumboots and a beanie. Judging is based on creative storytelling, rather than technical production.
Each team was encouraged to let loose with their creative spark, and with the subject matter including apocalyptic futures, magical jawbones, lost pets and murder mysteries, they’ve once again delivered a remarkably sophisticated and ambitious set of films. All films entered will be shown at a public screening on Tuesday 9th May, where they can celebrate their creations alongside family, peers, entrants from other schools, and the wider community.
A panel of film industry experts will select ten finalists, to attend a Red Carpet premiere night at Roxy Cinema in Miramar on Wednesday 24th May. Two winning films will be chosen for a complete remake, with student film makers working alongside professional industry mentors in a hands-on, immersive and authentic capacity.
There are cash prizes and this year we are super excited to be able to offer; Best Original Musical Score (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), Best VFX and SFX (Weta Digital), Best Production Design (Toi Whakaari), Best Costume and Makeup (Weta Workshop).
The remade films will be screened during 2019 Capital E National Arts Festival, here in Wellington, as well at other festivals around the New Zealand and the world where possible.
“Roxy5 builds the collaborative bridge between upcoming talent; our awesome film industry professionals and the world class facilities we have here in Wellington. Our project benefits young people by encouraging creative thinking and providing genuine contexts for the development of transformative skills they can use throughout their lives and their future careers.” Melissa Conway & Kristy Grant, Producers.
“The Roxy5 competition gives incredible opportunities for Wellington’s young people to have an authentic engagement in a world-renowned film industry. It has the potential to open doors for students that they didn’t even realise existed, showing a pathway to a possible future that many didn’t think was available to them.” Peter Graham, Producer.
Providing a pathway for future generations to work in creative digital industries, Roxy5 utilises the skills and strengths of Wellington’s film industry, creating the confidence of genuine experience, from pre-production through all aspects of filming to the intricacies of post-production.