RAFFA 2017 awards announced

The Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) were announced on Saturday at the red carpet awards night held at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre.

The RAFFA awards are designed by Chris Meek from STUDEO GALLERY.  There are seven awards including the People’s Choice Award and the Grand Phoenix Palm Award which has been made from draft horseshoes.  The RAFFA awards have been made from large bolts re-shaped into a useful award coaster.

This year the judging panel had the difficult job of deciding their tip picks from a group of finely crafted films.  In many cases it was very close.

The prize winners were:

RAFFA for Experimental Film

1st Prize:         Two Soundsplash Festival Adult tickets to a value of $260

2nd Prize:        Top Cut Butcher Voucher value $50


Sebastian Lowe: Te Ao Nui O Ngā Hue – The Wide World of the Gourd

Shannon Aroha:  Riuwaka

Shannon Aroha: Born at Sea

 Brian Ruawai (from Soundsplash) announced the winner-

WINNER:  1st prize Shannon Aroha for Born at Sea

WINNER – 2nd prize Shannon Aroha for Riuwaka

Highly commended: Sebastian Lowe for The Wide World of the Gourd

RAFFA for Best Documentary

1st Prize:  $150 cash, Top Cut Butcher Voucher value $50

2nd Prize:  Top Cut Butcher Voucher value $50

3rd Prize:   Orca Voucher $50

Nominees are:

Sebastian Lowe: Noel Sweetman Luthier

Pedro Cordova;  Bag it Raglan

Billy Lee-Pope:  Back on the Scent

Ally Tiang:     Yaniv Janson Art Gallery Exhibition

Ross French:  Drainbow Trout

Aaron Mooar:  LOOK a dance performance

Leanna from D Signs announced the winner-

WINNER:       1st prize Pedro Cordova for Bag it Raglan

WINNER        2nd prize Billy Lee for Back on the Scent

WINNER:       3rd prize:  Sebastian Lowe – Noel Sweetman Luthier

Highly commended: Alli Tiang Yaniv Janson Art Gallery

Highly commended: Aaron Mooar LOOK

RAFFA for Tamariki age 12 and under

1st Prize:         $200 cash

2nd Prize:        $100 cash

Nominees are: Zara Beeby for Paws Awhile

                        Maria and Cora for Small Steps to Paris


Jacqueline Anderson representing The YOT Club announced the winner-

WINNER:       1st prize Zara for Paws Awhile

WINNER        2nd prize Maria and Cora for Small Steps to Paris

RAFFA for Rangatahi age 13 to 18

1st Prize:         $200 cash

2nd Prize:        $100 cash

3rd Prize:          $50 cash

Nominees are:

Frankie Reynolds for Whaingaroa through the eyes of a child

Josh Hood for Disconnected

Paris Teddy for Be the One

Summer and friends for Chooked up

Amber Hood for The Four Notes

April from Ray White announced the winner-

WINNER:       1st prize Frankie Reynolds for Whaingaroa through eyes of a child

WINNER        2nd prize  Josh Hood for Disconnected

WINNER        3rd prize Paris Teddy for Be the One

Highly commended:  Manon and friends for Chooked UP

Highly commended:  Amber Hood for the Four Notes

RAFFA for Emerging Talent

1st Prize:         $200 cash

2nd Prize:        $100 cash

3rd Prize:          $50 cash

Nominees are:

Frank Bellerby for Train Track to Oblivion

Liam Schwarz for The World Left Behind

Devon Cotterill for RGLN

David Calder-Flyn for SURF

Leanna from D Signs please announced the winner

WINNER:       1st prize Liam Schwarz for The World Left Behind

WINNER        2nd prize Frank Bellerby for Train Track to Oblivion

WINNER        3rd prize David Calder-Flyn for SURF

Highly commended:  Devon Cotterill for RGLN


Shannon Aroha – Born at Sea

RAFFA:  GRAND Phoenix Palm Award

The Grand Phoenix Palm award is awarded for the best film overall.

This award also includes $300 cash sponsorship PLUS a $200 filmmaking package for future projects for sound, lighting, or cameras from Living Productions up to a value of $200 making the winner of the Phoenix Palm Award a total value of $500.

Nominees are everyone that entered a RAFFA

But there can only be one winner:

Rodger Gallagher, Chairperson of Raglan Community Arts Council, announced the 2017 Grand Phoenix Palm Award to a value of $500

WINNER:       Shannon Aroha for Born at Sea

The Raglan Community Arts Council thanks:

  • The Raglan Kindergarten for catering of our event
  • Chris Meek for designing of our RAFFAs awards
  • Andy Fels for the design of our brochure
  • All of our stars and film makers
  • Glenda our official photograher for the evening
  • Our sponsors, Yot Club, Corona, Ray White Raglan, Raglan Community Radio, Raglan Club, Soundsplash, Top Cut Butchery, D Signs, Orca Restaurant and Bar, Waikato District Council Creative Communities and also to a lovely anonymous donor who generously gifted a pool of cash money for our winning RAFFAs

And finally a thank you to everyone came along to the red carpet night to be a part of the RAFFAs for 2017.

From Sep 15: Get Set for the 2017 Raglan Film Festival

Thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining movies from around the world are on the bill at the 2017 Raglan Film Festival. Taking place between 15-23 September at the Old School.  For further details about each movie showing at the festival, plus RAFFA screenings, pick up copies of the official Film
Festival leaflet and brochure, available at the Old School and various outlets around town.

Or download them now:

Film Festival Feature Films Leaflet 2017            Film Festival Brochure 2017

or check out the Raglan Film Festival website Feature Films and  RAFFA entries.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

The festival opens on Friday 15 September with Haka and Guitars, a multi-award winning New Zealand documentary about Operation Belisi, modern history’s most successful peacekeeping mission.
Friday 15 Sept, 8pm, and Wednesday 20 Sept, 4.30pm. Documentary/ 52 mins/New Zealand.

A troubled town is plunged into chaos when a boy accidentally makes a new friend in My Pet Dinosaur, an imaginative action adventure suitable for the whole family.
Sunday 17 Sept, 2pm, and Tuesday 19 Sept, 5.30pm. Action Adventure Family/97 mins/PG Coarse Language

Raoul Peck’s outstanding Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, narrated by Samuel L.
Jackson, presents an astonishing and challenging examination of race in the USA.
Tuesday 19 Sept, 7pm, and Friday 22 Sept, 5.30pm. Documentary/90 mins/USA.

Gardeners and artists alike won’t want to miss The Artist’s Garden, which tells the story of the American Impressionist movement.
Sunday 17 Sept, 4.30pm, and Wednesday 20 Sept, 7pm. Documentary/90 mins/USA.

Perfect Strangers presents a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of technology posing the
question: how well do we really know those closest to us?
Saturday 16 Sept, 8pm, and Thursday 21 Sept, 4.30pm. Comedy Drama/96mins/M Offensive Language and
Sexual Themes/Italy.

Lords of Dogtown follows the ‘Z-Boys’ skate team in 1970s California.
Saturday 16 Sept, 5.30pm, and Friday 22 Sept, 8pm. $8 with skateboard, $10 without! Biography/Rated M,
Sexual References/107 mins/USA.

The story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur is the subject of All Eyes On Me, showing on Sunday 17 Sept, 7pm, and Thursday 21 Sept, 7pm. Biographical Drama/139 mins/R16 Violence, Offensive.

Licensed bar and homemade snacks on sale at all screenings. Adult single $15, concession $12, child $8.
Multi-entry special: Six sessions for the price of four $60. Book online:
raglanmovies.nz or phone 825 0023.

And a big thank you to our supporters:

Sep 15: Haka and Guitars headlines Raglan Film Festival

Raglan Film Festival opens Friday, September 15 at 7pm with a Kiwi film Haka and Guitars, fine food and continues with bevy of international films.

The international line-up includes My Pet Dinosaur for the kids, The Artist’s Garden for art lovers and gardeners, an Italian comedy of manners – Perfect Strangers, legendary skate movie – Lords of Dogtown, a hard-hitting exploration of USA race relations – I am Not Your Negro and a look at the life of influential rapper Tupac in All Eyez on Me.

Hastings filmmaker William Watson brings Haka and Guitars to the Raglan Film Festival opening night.

The award-winning documentary recently screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and has picked up a string of awards including best world peace documentary in the Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative.

Attending the opening night screening, Watson will discuss the highs and lows of a film that was 12-years in the making.

Set during the Pacific’s most bloody Civil War, the New Zealand Army found a way to achieve peace without guns and violence. Through the powerful influence of women and multiculturalism Haka and Guitars shows the world there is a way to achieve peace in our time.

Former NZ Army Major Fiona Cassidy (NgatiKuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) returns to Bougainville to reflect on ‘Operation Belisi’, modern history’s most successful peacekeeping mission.

Check out this gem of a Kiwi film on opening night and get in quick for tickets which includes food cooked by Raglan kaumatua and a drink.

Plus an extra bonus:

Leanna and Dan- Steps, Stairs, Stairwells

Follow Raglan fire fighters Leanna and Dan Mills as they train for then compete in firefighter stair climbing competitions. Documentary/ 20 mins / New Zealand/ 2017

Support the local kaumatua and head down to the Old School for choice kai for sale from 5pm for those not attending the film – $5 for seafood chowder or pumpkin soup and fry bread, $2.50 for delicious Top Cut sausage and bread, $2 for fry bread, butter and golden syrup.

RFF Opening Night- Haka and Guitars with Filmmaker followed by Leanna and Dan: Steps, Stairs, Stairwells

Friday, September 15 – food on sale from 5pm, bar opens at 7pm and movie begins at 8pm

Adults $15, Concession $12, Children $8– ticket prices include food and a drink.  Licensed bar available. Book online: raglanmovies.nz.
All other festival tickets Adults $15, Concession $12, Children $8, Multi-entry Special – six sessions for the price of four $60.

haka and guitars trailer 30 final from Will Watson on Vimeo.

And a big thank you to our supporters:

Ready, set, action for the RAFFAs 2017

Get your entries in for the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards 2017 and be in to win a share of over $1200 in cash prizes.

Closing Monday, July 31, the red carpet beckons local filmmakers and actors to nominate a movie of any length and genre, provided they have a link with the Raglan Whaingaroa region.

As well as cash prizes, Soundsplash tickets and a variety of vouchers up for grabs, awards crafted by local sculptor Chris Meek will be presented to the winners at the Red Carpet event on Saturday, September 23.

The RAFFAs run alongside the popular Raglan Film Festival from September 15-23, featuring films from New Zealand and overseas.

This year nominations have opened for young and emerging talent with categories for Tamariki – under 12, Rangatahi – 13 to 18 and Emerging Artist as well as Drama, Documentary and Experimental.

The film must be associated with Raglan Whaingaroa – either the filmmakers, production crew or actors, or part of the film must have been shot or edited in Raglan.

Download an application form at www.raglanartscentre.co.nz/rff or contact us at the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street, 07 825 0023 or [email protected] for more details. Deadline for nominations is Monday, July 31.


Don’t forget to keep an eye out for full details of the 2017 Raglan Film Festival in the coming weeks.