Welcome to the Raglan Film Festival 2016

The 2016 Raglan Film Festival runs from Friday 16 September to Saturday 24 September.

Check out our 2016 film festival schedule, with a few surprises still coming!

You can download a PDF of the Raglan Film Festival Guide HERE

Entries for 2016 Raglan Film Festival Awards are now closed. (This page has information about the criteria.)

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.

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Nominations still open for the 2016 RAFFA Awards

Richard Gemmell announces the awards at the 2016 RAFFA red carpet night
Richard Gemmell announces the awards at the 2016 RAFFA red carpet night

Local filmmakers and actors still have time to enter the 2016 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards. Nominations can be for movies of any length and genre, provided they have a link with the Raglan Whaingaroa region.

Eight nominations have already been received for this year’s awards, covering a diverse array of topics and genres.

Welcome to Raglan is a documentary about our town by videographer Sara Guix Ortigosa, while Raglan surfer and 2015 Ultimate Waterman Daniel Kereopa shares his views on the environment and parenting in Daniel Kereopa.

Raglan director Aaron Mooar is a regular on the RAFFA red carpet. This year he’s nominated for his documentary Inside Out, about the Whaingaroa Youth Movement. Another local director in the running for an award is Ariana Livingstone, with her short film Being An Equestrian.

Plus, the story of two children saving the Maui dolphin in Maui Dolphins – The Resurrection, sci-fi thriller Dr Who – The Weeping Angels and high drama in The Chase.

Extracts from selected RAFFA films will be screened before main feature films throughout the Raglan Film Festival, which runs from 16 -24 September at the Raglan Old School, and at the Red Carpet Awards night on Saturday 24 September.

To make a nomination, download an application form at  RAFFA 2016 Entry Form , phone 07 825 0023 or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz. There’s a cash prize pool on offer! Deadline for nominations is Wednesday 18 August.

2016 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards seeks nominations

To make a nomination, download an application form  RAFFA 2016 Entry Form or call into the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street. Phone 07 825 0023 or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz for more details. Deadline for nominations is Thursday 18th August.

2015 RAFFA winners
2015 RAFFA winners

The red carpet beckons for local filmmakers and actors! The ever-popular Raglan Film Festival returns to town in September and nominations are now open for the 2016 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFAs).

Established in 2009, these awards celebrate the achievements and talents of local filmmakers and actors. Nominations can be for movies of any length and genre, provided they have a link with the Raglan Whaingaroa region; either the filmmakers or actors must be associated with the area, or part of the film must have been shot or edited in Raglan

Awards will be presented for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Director/Producer and Best Picture. Achievements in two open categories will also be recognized. The awards – which include a cash prize pool – will be presented at a special Red Carpet evening held at the Old School Arts Centre.

To make a nomination, download an application form  RAFFA 2016 Entry Form or call into the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street. Phone 07 825 0023 or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz for more details. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday 27 July.

And keep your eyes peeled for full details of the 2016 Raglan Film Festival, which will be announced in coming weeks.

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.