2015 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards presented

The 2015 RAFFA Winners
The 2015 RAFFA Winners

The 2015 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) were presented on Saturday night (19th September) at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre. The seventh edition of the glamour red carpet awards night saw the BOW St Depot GRAND Phoenix Palm Award, Raglan’s version of the Cannes Palm D’or, go to Mike O’Neill for Raglan Remembers World War One.

Mike received the award along with  a $200 prize and a $50 Bow St Depot voucher. This RAFFA award includes judging for film making and a strong connection to Whaingaroa. Heidi from Bow St Depot presented the Bow St Depot Grand Phoenix Palm award and prizes.

The RAFFA awards are designed by Chris Meek from STUDEO GALLERY.  There are nine awards including the Bow St Grand Phoenix Palm Award. The Phoenix Palm award was created using draft horse shoes and the RAFFA awards have been made from large bolts re-shaped into a useful award coaster.

RAFFA Awards guests enjoy dinner in the marquee at the Old School.
RAFFA Awards guests enjoy dinner in the marquee at the Old School.

The warm dry spring evening provided ideal conditions for the red carpet arrivals with paparazzi photos. Barbara Kuriger, MP for Taranaki King Country, and husband Louis were amongst the red carpet arrivals as well as Richard Gemmell, chair of Waikato District Creative Communities. After some socialising by all, there was a sit down dinner in the marquee. This was followed by screening of extracts from the films, then came the award announcements. MC Ngaronoa Renata kept the evening moving along.

The other RAFFA awards presented were:

RAFFA for Best Director awarded for excellent art and music direction

WINNER:  Albert Ross aka Andy Duggan for Saint Jude.

RAFFA for Best Documentary

WINNER:  Komako Silver for Tippahee 

RAFFA for Best Drama

WINNER:  Scotti Productions –  winner of Best Drama for Ross & Beth

RAFFA  Best Young Talent Award

WINNER:  Whaingaroa Youth Movement for Nevereverland

RAFFA Art Film Award

WINNER:  Lucretia Perkins for ‘Whenua’

RAFFA Music Video Award

WINNER:  Dave Murray for Avalanche City – Inside Out

RAFFA Environmental Award

WINNER:  Aaron Moar, Emily McDowall, Andre Ngapo, Tiki Taane and Raglan Area School singers for Save Maui Dolphin Today.  The Save Maui Dolphins Today song was composed by Andre Ngapo with RAS children over 8 years ago when there were over 100 dolphins left

Samantha Blackley (left) receives her award from Barbara Kuriger (right) with MC Ngaronoa Renata (centre)
Samantha Blackley (left) receives her award from Barbara Kuriger (right) with MC Ngaronoa Renata (centre)

RAFFA Best Human Interest Award

WINNER:  Samantha Blackley of Satellite Media for Raglan Neighbourhood

A number of special awards were then presented:

Judges’ special award for capturing the spirit of Raglan’s surf and soul

Award with a $50 Bow St Depot voucher

Dave Herrera for KUHL
Judges’ special award for portraying our community’s concern for the Maui dolphin

Award with a $50 Bow St Depot voucher

Ryan Sykes for Maui Dolphin Day and Message to the Minister

Judges’ special award for documenting an extreme sports event

Award with a $50 Bow St Depot voucher

Andy Salek and Greg Townsend for the Ultimate Waterman

Judges’ special award for documenting a creative fashion event

Award with a $50 Bow St Depot voucher

Aaron Moar and Jean Carbon for the ‘C’Bon Collection’

The Raglan Film Festival organisers, the Raglan Community Arts Council, thanked all who made the 2015 Festival and the RAFFA Awards possible:

  • The Raglan Soccer Mums for catering the RAFFA event
  • Chris Meek for designing of our RAFFAs awards
  • Andy Fels for the design of our brochure
  • Lucretia Perkins for serving our refreshments for us
  • All of our Whaingaroa stars and film makers
  • Lester Silver our official paparazzi for the evening
  • Sponsors Bow St Depot, Yot Club, Sayer Landscape Supplies, Aeronavics, Grolsch, Ray White Raglan, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, Raglan Gym, Raglan Community Radio, Raglan Club, Raglan Four Square, Waoku Lodge, Waikato District Creative Communities
  • Coordinators Pia and Jacqueline plus all of the Film Festival team
  • And  everyone who came along to be a part of the Raglan Film Festival and the RAFFA Awards night.

The evening ended with a draw of the raffle for RAFFA basket.  The lucky winner was Heidi Tidmarsh.

Welcome to the Raglan Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Raglan Film Festival runs from Friday 11 September to Saturday 19 September

The full programme can be viewed here.

Raglan Community Arts Council thanks our supporters for this festival: Waikato District Creative Communities, the Raglan businesses, community groups, Old School Arts Centre Film Festival volunteers, plus the individual producers and distributors who arranged the theatrical releases for their films.

Raglan Coconut Yoghurt · Raglan Gym · Waoku Lodge · Raglan Four Square

Who’s in the Running for a 2015 RAFFA?

The RAFFA 2014 trophy
The RAFFA 2014 trophy

Filmmaking is alive and well in Raglan, if this year’s nominations for the Raglan Arts Festival Film Awards are anything to go by. Here’s a peek at the 2015 shortlist which covers a diverse array of topics and genres:

KUHL is a short surf/lifestyle film depicting a day in the life of a Raglan surfer, while The Ultimate Waterman covers all the thrilling action from this year’s contest to find the world’s best all-round waterman.

The plight of the Maui dolphin is the subject of several submissions. Message to the Minister captures the concerns of Raglan locals about the future of this critically endangered dolphin; Maui Dolphin Day is a record of the 2015 Raglan event, while Save Maui Dolphin’s Today is a music video starring musician Tiki Taane and children from Raglan Area School.

Raglan’s growing cultural diversity is explored in an episode of TVNZ show Neighbourhood (narrated by Masterchef Aaron Brunet) while in Raglan Remembers, producers Ken Soanes and Mike O’Neill interview Raglan locals about their relatives’ involvement in World War One.

Plus, music and dance in Nevereverland, a sweet story about a humble New Zealand farming couple in Ross & Beth, short historical documentary Tippahee and many more.

Extracts from selected RAFFA films will be screened before main feature films throughout the festival, and at the Red Carpet Awards night. For full details of this year’s RAFFA nominees, please see the official film festival programme, available from the Old School.