Top Picks of the 2013 Raglan Film Festival

Bringing thought-provoking, inspiring movies right to your doorstep, the 2013 Raglan Film Festival takes place 13-22 September. Here’s a brief taster of what lies ahead.

Red White Black BlueThe festival opens on Friday 13 September with a screening of some of the Raglan Film Festival Awards nominees, including the feature Red, White, Black and Blue, an uplifting tale about the exploits of a group of urban Los Angeles students travelling around New Zealand – and Raglan – on a rugby tour. (Friday 13 September, 8pm.)

RemembranceBe moved by the tale of Hannah and Tomasz, who find love in a German concentration camp only to lose each other amidst the chaos of the last days of war. Remembrance is a love story set against the backdrop of the darkest of times. (Saturday 14 September, 4.30pm & Friday 20 September 8pm.)

1763_haute-cuisine-640Girl’s night out with a difference? Don’t miss delicious French comedy Haute Cuisine, based on the real-life story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand. The Saturday evening showing features an indulgent tasting menu on sale from personal chef Mauro.(Saturday 14 September, 8pm & Sunday 15 September, 4.30pm.)

gardening with soul sister loyola waters her garden 1Green-fingered types will love the funny and moving portrait of 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin in Gardening with Soul. (Sunday 15 September, 8pm & Friday 20 September, 4.30pm.)

Arctic SonIf you enjoyed This Way of Life, put Arctic Son on your must-view list. This documentary shares the candid, inspiring story of one family’s life in the remote wilderness of Alaska. (Thursday 19 September, 4.30pm.)

TrashedGet a first-hand glimpse of the world’s waste problem with actor Jeremy Irons in Trashed. This documentary sees Irons travel the world to discover the extent and effects of our ever-growing rubbish mountain. (Thursday 19 September, 8pm.)

A screening of selected RAFFA winners will take place on Sunday 22 September at 1.30pm. Gold coin donation.

And don’t forget, the Old School has wine, beer, hot drinks, juices and delicious homemade treats for sale at every movie.

Ticketing details

Adults $11, children $6
Film festival movies are often popular, so it’s recommended you reserve tickets in advance. For all bookings phone 07 825 0023 or email [email protected]

RAFFA 2013 Entry: Red, White, Black and Blue

Morning catch at Whaingaroa
Morning catch at Whaingaroa

The ever-popular Raglan Film Festival returns to the Old School Arts Centre in September. Here, we take a look at one of the festival’s confirmed screenings – Red, White, Black and Blue – a documentary that has won international acclaim and was partly shot in Raglan. The Waikato sequence features a game played at Raglan between a visiting boys rugby team from Los Angeles and the Melville High School rugby team.

When it comes to rugby, New Zealand is the undisputed champion of the world. But did you know – the game was once an Olympic sport and when it was last contested at the Games in 1924 it was the USA who walked away with the gold medal?

As rugby becomes an increasingly popular sport in the US, New Zealand is a dream destination for a group of rugby-playing Los Angeles students. Led by former international rugby player Stuart Krohn, Red White Black and Blue follows the students as they travel from the inner city to the green playing fields of New Zealand.

Amidst the rough and tumble of the game, qualities are tested and characters formed. We meet Cameron, a six-foot-four superstar in the making, already coveted by American football scouts but with a natural talent for rugby. And Ebony – an academic high-achiever nervously awaiting responses from Ivy League colleges.

Winner of the Best Documentary at the Idyllwild CinemaFest and the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Red, White, Black and Blue will be well worth a watch when it screens in Raglan in September.

When: Friday 13 September, 8pm.

Where: Old School Arts Centre.

Reservations: Phone 825 0023 or email [email protected]

Full details of the 2013 Raglan Film Festival lineup will be announced in coming weeks.

$500 Prize Pool now on offer for the 2013 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards


Thanks to generous support from both local and national businesses, the Raglan Film Festival is delighted to announce a prize pool of $500 for the 2013 RAFFA awards.
This is the first time in their five-year history that the awards, which celebrate the talents of local filmmakers and actors, have been able to offer a monetary prize. As in previous years, winners will also receive a custom-designed trophy from local steel artists Philip and Emily Meek.
Support has been received from Droidworx, Stendy Electrical, Grolsch, Creative Communities NZ – Waikato District, Raglan Community Radio and the Raglan Club. Awards will be presented for Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Director/Producer, Best Picture and in two open categories.
In light of the prize pool, the entry period for the awards has been extended until 12 August and the submission fee has been waived. Nominations are welcome for movies of any length and genre provided they have been crafted by filmmakers or actors from the Raglan Whaingaroa area (west of the deviation), or filmed within the local area.
The 2013 Raglan Arts Film Festival runs from 13 to 22 September at the Old School Arts Centre, with the popular awards ceremony taking place on Saturday 21 September. Keep an eye out for full details of the festival lineup, which will be announced in coming weeks.
Make a nomination: Application forms are available from the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street. Phone 07 825 0023 or email [email protected] for more information. Entries are now free of charge. Closing date: 12 August.

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.