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.

Raglan Film Festival Seeks Nominations for the 2015 RAFFA Awards

The RAFFA trophies, designed by Chris Meek
The RAFFA trophies, designed by Chris Meek

Are you a Peter Jackson in-the-making? Do you have acting skills to rival Anna Paquin? Then make sure you enter the 2015 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards – there’s a cash prize pool for winners!

Nominations for the awards 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 will be presented at a special Red Carpet evening held at the Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 19 September.
The 2015 Raglan Film Festival runs from 11 to 20 September at the Old School, and will showcase an exciting array of films from around the world. Full details of the lineup will be announced in coming weeks.

Make a nomination: Application forms are available online at  RAFFA-NominationsEntryForm2015 { http://www.raglanartscentre.co.nz/rff/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/150622RAFFA-NominationsEntryForm2015.doc } or from the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street (open Mondays and Wednesdays). Phone 07 825 0023 or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz for more details.

Red Carpet Rolled Out for 2014 RAFFA Awards

Winners of the 2014 RAFFA awards
Winners of the 2014 RAFFA awards
Talented local filmmakers gathered at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 20 September for the 2014 Red Carpet Awards Night.

Celebrating the achievements of local filmmakers and actors, the evening marked the grand finale of the Raglan Film Festival.

Guests were treated to a delicious buffet dinner and a showing of RAFFA-nominated films, before the 2014 winners were revealed.

This year’s RAFFA Awards were presented to:

Best Music Video Award: Mark Reynolds, Dean Glass and Rick Gutzewitz from PigSlug Records for “National Anthem for Planet Earth”
Best Director and Editor Award: Ben Lenzner for This is Just Batting Practice
Best Actor Award: Tuku Stevenson for Te Karere me Tukupeau Stevenson
Best Short Film Award: Emma Blaikie and Sky Reid for The Sweet Life
Best Cinematography Award: Raglan Bar Crossing
Best Documentary: Geraint Tomas and Aaron Brunet for The Bread Man
Best Young Talent Award: Frankie Reynolds, Rylie Neil and Racheal Hayward for Child Soldiers
Best Environmental Award: PigSlug Records for National Anthem for Planet Earth
Grand Phoenix Palm Award: Aaron Moar for Xtreme Waste: Community Enterprise

The RAFFA 2014 trophy
The RAFFA 2014 trophy
Winners were presented with custom-designed trophies designed by Chris Meek from STUDEO and a cash prize.

The organisers of the festival wish to thank: the Raglan Soccer Mums for their delicious catering; Vicky Crosby for serving refreshments; paparazzi Brandy Kitiona for capturing all the red carpet action; festival sponsors Aeronavics, the Yot Club, Solar Cycle, Whaingaroa
Environment Centre, Creative Communities Waikato District, the Raglan Club and Raglan Community Radio; the filmmakers for sharing their talents and the Raglan community for supporting this year’s festival.