Welcome to the Raglan Film Festival 2013

Red White Black Blue is the acclaimed documentary following  a Los Angeles high school rugby team's visit to New Zealand.
Red White Black Blue is the acclaimed documentary following a Los Angeles high school rugby team’s visit to New Zealand.

The highlight of the Raglan Film Festival programme is the 2013 RAFFA Awards, a celebration of Raglan films and film-makers. Join us for the red-carpet awards ceremony on Saturday 21 September!

Entries for the 2013 RAFFA awards are now open, with a prize pool of $500! The entry deadline is Monday 12 August 2013.

All entries must have an association with Raglan Whaingaroa – either a person from the production crew or in the film must have that association or part of the film must have been shot or edited in the Raglan Whaingaroa area.

Download the application form here now.

For more information, contact the Old School Office on 07 825 0023 or email [email protected]

This year the award categories will be:

  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Director/Producer
  • Grand Prize for Best Picture
  • Two open categories for panel to review dependent on nominations received e.g. documentary, music, comedy etc

Raglan Community Arts Council thanks our supporters for this festival: Creative Communities NZ – Waikato District, Stendy Electrical, Grolsch, Droidworx Limited New Zealand, Ragland Community Radio, the Raglan Club and the film distributors, producers and directors who arranged the theatrical releases for the feature films.



RAFFA wraps up 2012

This year’s RAFFA award winners

Saturday night’s red carpet gala RAFFA awards evening was a fitting celebration to conclude Raglan’s 10-day Film Festival.

Guests and celebrities enjoyed a festive evening held at the Old School Arts Centre. The spotlight was on Whaingaroa’s own filmmakers in a night to get together and celebrate local talent. A delicious buffet dinner provided by the Raglan soccer mums preceded a screening of the short films and highlights of the nominated features which thoroughly engaged all those present.

The awards ceremony itself was a real showcase of the talent in our own creative community. The recipients will cherish their striking RAFFA awards. Designed and created by local steel artists Phil and Emily Meek, an old-school movie reel is captured in the unique design of this year’s award.

The 2012 RAFFA Awards went to
Best Editor: Turanga Kereopa for the music video Skinny by Ariana
Best Soundtrack: Aroha Yates-Smith for Sky Whisperers Ranginui
Best Music Video: Silent Tears by Little Lapin and Indie Productions
Best Documentary: Tuihana Bosch on behalf of Te Mauri Tau for Te Kumara
Best Environmental Film: KASM by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
Best Producer: Brian Ruawai for Journey: Cornerstone Roots
Best Director: Micah Puklowski for Monochromacy
Best Actress: Athene Jensen in Whiff Drawers
Best Actor: Reiki Ruawai for The Dump
Best Cinematography: Juan Duazo for Art to Wear 2012

Maryann Tuao receives the Creative Force Award, recognising her work in the Raglan creative community.

This year’s special awards included:

Newcomer Award: Billy Lee-Pope for filming Raglan’s 1st Grom Skateboard Competition
Creative Force Award: Maryann Tuao of Groundswell Media for both a productive 2012 year and for providing support, encouragement and mentoring to many local talents.
International Film Award: The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, directed by Kirsten Marcon, filmed partly in Raglan. The award acknowledges the accomplishment of producing a highly regarded feature length film on a controversial subject, filmed internationally, on a very tight budget.
Special Grand Prize Award for Best Picture: Whiff Drawers by Groundswell Media in
acknowledgement of the tremendous effort to produce something of this quality in the 48 hours competition.

See the full list of nominees and winners.

The fourth annual Red Carpet ceremony was organised by the Raglan Community Arts Council. Many local people volunteered their expertise to make this event a great success. Ruth Port’s leadership skills as MC for the Awards Ceremony guided all guests through an evening to remember. Rodger Gallagher, Jacqueline Anderson and Aaron Mooar devoted much time to planning and organising the whole ten-day programme.
Aaron also contributed his skills as a projectionist and was the voice of the festival on Raglan Radio. Susan Guenther was the photographer as the guests walked the red carpet. Thanks goes to the Raglan Soccer Mums for the excellent catering and to Vicky Crosby for serving refreshments.

Valued sponsors of the Film Festival include Creative Communities Waikato District, V48Hours Furious Filmmaking Competition, Flux Animation Studios, the Raglan Club and the Raglan Operational Support Unit.

And of course, a huge thank-you goes to Whaingaroa’s stars and film-makers and the audiences who helped make this year’s Raglan Film Festival a success. See you in 2013!

New Release Surf Movie – A Deeper Shade of Blue

McCoy shooting underwater footage on his underwater jet ski. This innovative piece of equipment exposes a groundbreaking new vantage to the world.

The new surf movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue just released in New Zealand cinemas this week is screening this Sunday 23rd September at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in Stewart St. at 8pm

To reserve seats phone 825 0023 or email [email protected]

With A Deeper Shade of Blue, Jack McCoy sets an ambitious agenda telling the story of surfing (from start to finish) in a way that both surfers and non-surfers find compelling. The film paints an inspiring portrait of our relationship with the sea through a diverse cast of characters. We visit professional surfing through the lens of Jamie O’Brien. We see women’s surfing through Steph Gilmore’s eyes. We learn about big-wave riding through the experiences of Shipsterns Bluff charger Marti Paradisis. Each fragment of surf culture has an assigned ambassador, and while McCoy’s selection process is interesting, the spokespersons are essentially interchangeable; none are acutely singular, yet all are authentic.

Jack McCoy uses the evolution of the surfboard as a timeline communicating directly to non-surfers, which is most obviously evidenced by the photography.

McCoy’s underwater footage is mesmerizing. Whatever the cost, his underwater jet ski was worth it. The innovative piece of equipment exposes a groundbreaking new vantage to the world. The sessions documented at Teahupoo and Shipsterns Bluff are equally impressive. Beyond that, A Deeper Shade of Blue may showcase the finest women’s surfing segments to date. Every woman on screen successfully exits at least one 6-Mississippi-barrel. And as beautiful as all of the women featured in the film are, there are no gratuitous bikini shots – just extremely impressive surfing.

A Deeper Shade of Blue also makes a poignant observation three-quarters of the way through the film when the narrator notes that surf culture grew so large in the late ‘60s that “authentically” documenting the experience of surfing became a career. That’s just what Jack did, and his A Deeper Shade of Blue accurately reflects this.

Whaingaroa actor Reiki Ruawai, stars in comedy drama

by Susan Guenther, Raglan Old School Arts Centre

Reiki Ruawai in The Dump
Reiki Ruawai in The Dump

RAFFA nominee, 12 year old Raglan local Reiki Ruawai has been selected for what director Hamish Bennett calls his “awesome” performance in ‘The Dump’. The short film, a comedy/drama, tells the story of a young boy, Utah, and the gradual bond he develops with his estranged dad Orlando, the sole employee at a tiny rural rubbish dump.

Regardless of initial perceptions, Utah eventually works out that his dad is a good man. Rough around the edges with plenty of character, the rubbish dump setting itself, helps to depict the idea that a person’s true nature will ultimately reveal itself.

According to Hamish, Reiki was a natural fit to play Utah. The relationship between a son and his estranged father is a serious topic and had to be told with an authentic voice. A country boy himself, Reiki has a down-to-earth nature, and with dreads, stood out from other child actors.

Reiki’s mother Naomi Tuao, was impressed by how seriously he took his role, “when the camera is rolling he jumps into character straight away…Reiki doesn’t seem to mind how long it takes to shoot scenes…even if it’s late at night or 6am in the morning!” According to Naomi, Reiki loves acting. He finds it an adventure. Reiki also enjoys music, has performed several solo gigs, and does backing vocals in Cornerstone Roots. His strong creative heritage includes his Dad, Brian Ruawai who writes music for films, and his Aunt Maryann Tuao, local Film maker with Groundswell Media, also a RAFFA nominee.

“Raglan is a place that allows you to be creative in many ways, and I think the community has helped him develop these skills by allowing him to be himself” says Naomi.

Reiki’s musical abilities are revealed in Groundswell Media’s short film ‘Journey’ about a day in the Raglan life of the 12 year old Cornerstone Roots band member, also to be screened at the RAFFA ceremony.

The Dump has already received much international exposure with screenings at Dallas, Palm Springs, Montreal and Nevada City. You can see Raglan’s local star Reiki, at the third annual Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA). All nominated short and feature films will be screened at the Red Carpet Awards ceremony at the Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd September commencing at 7 pm. Although all tickets to the Red Carpet night are sold, there is an opportunity to see a selection of the RAFFA nominees on Sunday 23rd at 1.30pm.

Take a look at the 2012 Raglan Film Festival films on our website: http://www.raglanartscentre.co.nz/rff/ or check the What’s On advert in the Raglan Chronicle.