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 Best Tamariki
1st Prize- Stand Up by Jaime Witters, Iemaja Hassell and Kayla Stockman-Bond
2nd Prize- Fire, Fire by Felix Dyer and Annabelle Mills
Highly Commended- TV Madness by Emma Roughton, Indie Ruka and Matthew Roughton
RAFFA for Best Rangatahi
1st Prize- Summer Crushin’ by Corina Tweedie
2nd Prize- Plant Powered 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
1st Prize- Night of the Crawling Dead by Dinah Arndt
2nd Prize- Till Death Do We Part by Sarah Hutchins
Highly Commended- Basil’s Plot by Anthea Visage
RAFFA for Best Cinematography
1st Prize- Aquatic Geology by Luke Cederman
2nd Prize- Home by Olly Brunton and The Huts by Luke Cederman
RAFFA for Best Editing
1st Prize- The Huts by Luke Cederman
2nd Prize- Billy Stairmand- Olympic Hopeful by Luke Cederman
Highly Commended- The Night of the Crawling Dead by Dinah Arndt
RAFFA for Best Screenplay
1st Prize- Till Death Do We Part by Sarah Hutchins
2nd prize- Plant Powered by Sienna and Nikau Hanson
Highly Commended- Billy Stairmand, Olympic Hopeful by Luke Cederman
RAFFA for Best Actor
1st Prize- Cody Stiles in Basil’s Plot
2nd Prize- Devon Te Kanawa in Till Death Do We Part
Highly Commended- Jade Hyslop in Night of the Crawling Dead
RAFFA- Grand Phoenix Palm Award
WINNER– Till Death Do We Part by Sarah Hutchins
2nd Prize- Aquatic Geology by Luke 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.