Local filmmaking talent was the winner at the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) with the Whaingaroa stars celebrating at the Raglan Town Hall red carpet event on Saturday night.
Filmmaker Sarah Hutchins walked away the coveted Grand Phoenix Palm Award for best overall film for her short film Till Death Do Us Part. A love story about a young man trying to take care of his beloved wife who had become a zombie.
The film also took out Best Screenplay and runner-up Best Actor for Devon Te Kanawa who played the lovestruck husband.
Best Tamariki film was awarded to Raglan Area School students Jaime Witters, Iemaja Hassell and Kayla Stockman-Bond for their anti-bullying music video and Best Rangitahi went to Corina Tweedie for a summer romance film set at the beach.
Continuing with the zombie theme, the Best Open All Ages award went to Dinah Arndt for Night of the Crawling Dead this time with zombie babies taking centre stage.
Check out the RAFFA films on the Creative Raglan – Film Festival Facebook page.
Full list of RAFFA awards
RAFFA for BestÂ Tamariki
1stÂ Prize- Stand UpÂ by Jaime Witters, Iemaja Hassell and Kayla Stockman-Bond
2ndÂ Prize- Fire, FireÂ by Felix Dyer and Annabelle Mills
Highly Commended- TV Madness by Emma Roughton, Indie Ruka and Matthew Roughton
RAFFA for BestÂ Rangatahi
1stÂ Prize- SummerÂ Crushinâ€™Â by Corina Tweedie
2ndÂ Prize- Plant PoweredÂ by Sienna and Nikau Hanson
Highly Commended- A Feathered Thriller by Manon, Megan, Rohan and Tilly and A Horse in the Night by Jordan Mooar
RAFFA for Best Open All Ages
1stÂ Prize- Night of the Crawling DeadÂ by Dinah Arndt
2ndÂ Prize- Till Death Do We PartÂ by Sarah Hutchins
Highly Commended- Basilâ€™s PlotÂ by Anthea Visage
RAFFA for Best Cinematography
1stÂ Prize- Aquatic GeologyÂ by Luke Cederman
2ndÂ Prize- Home by Olly Brunton and The Huts by Luke Cederman
RAFFA for Best Editing
1stÂ Prize- The HutsÂ by Luke Cederman
2ndÂ Prize- BillyÂ Stairmand- Olympic HopefulÂ by Luke Cederman
Highly Commended- The Night of the Crawling DeadÂ by Dinah Arndt
RAFFA for Best Screenplay
1stÂ Prize- Till Death Do We PartÂ by Sarah Hutchins
2ndÂ prize- Plant PoweredÂ by Sienna and Nikau Hanson
Highly Commended- BillyÂ Stairmand, Olympic HopefulÂ by Luke Cederman
RAFFA for Best Actor
1stÂ Prize- Cody Stiles in Basilâ€™s Plot
2ndÂ Prize- DevonÂ TeÂ KanawaÂ in Till Death Do We Part
Highly Commended- JadeÂ Hyslop inÂ Night of the Crawling Dead
RAFFA- Grand Phoenix Palm Award
WINNER– Till Death Do We Part by Sarah Hutchins
2ndÂ Prize- Aquatic Geology by LukeÂ Cederman
The Raglan Film Festival is organised and presented by Raglan Community Arts Council.
The Raglan Community Arts Council thanks the RAFFA sponsors Waikato District Creative Communities, Ray White Raglan, Rangitahi, Kiwi Designer Homes, Raglan Buds, Corona, Christies Carpentry, Raglan Four Square, Living Productions, The Yot Club, SuperValue, Top Cut Butchery, The Wharf Kitchen and Bar, Thirsty Liquor, Raglan Sign Company, Tonic Hairdressers, Roll Up, Raglan Fish, Tim Melville Gallery, Raglan Shuttle, Raglan Chocolate, Magos, Wallis Street Bistro, Red Robin Records and support from Raglan Community Radio and the Raglan Club. Thanks also to our awesome anonymous donors who generously gifted a pool of cash money for our winning RAFFAs.