2019 RAFFA Entries

Fairfield Project  Fairfield College has surplus land, that could be developed commercially. This is the environmental education project and how it would benefit the people, environment and native bird life.

Shazzo     Shazzo discovers a plastic bag floating seductively in the breeze. She quickly falls in love with its convenience.

Alone   Madison is struggling to focus at school and feeling alone at home whilst her best friend Lennon is in a coma.

I am not home right now  Simulation – Ngarunui Beach – Raglan – New Zealand

Who Owns The Ocean    Luke Cederman digs deep to uncover the truth; who really owns the ocean.

Numero Uno and the Karioi Classic    Meet Mark Reynolds, the Karioi Classic’s Number One rider, and follow his 2018 race.

Stranger Tides    Stranger Tides shows the process of recording the single Stranger Tides in the music studio.

Buzz Shakes   Listen to Raglan Funk outfit “Mighty Mighty” with their current release “Buzz Shakes”.

Stranger Tides House Concert Tour     A house concert for Teia Kennedy’s Stranger Tides Ep release tour.

Climate Kids    All round the world young people are voicing their concern about Climate Change. Raglan children are striking from school to let the world know change is coming.

Look Closer      Follow the daily routine of a young student living with an alcoholic mother.

We are among the stars, not beneath them    A celebration of Matariki. It embodies the innate gifts of Matariki’s daughters.

The Ross Ormsby Life Adventure    Ross Ormsby is a tetraplegic, join him on some of his amazing and inspiring life adventures.

Evil Alien    A hand drawn animated film. An alien who comes down from his spacecraft and disintegrates a man with a laser gun.

One And A Half Men: Contest Prep    Billy Stairmand and Luke Cederman go through their different ways of preparing for a big surfing event.

A date with Derick   Two old school friends that share not only the same name but both drive red cars, meet for coffee in the funky seaside town of Raglan.

Yoi Shippuden     Yoi is a new student to Konohagakure, a place where people with special quirks attend. Warui is trying to destroy the school. Yoi steps in.

Anthropomorphism    The relationship between human beings and objects.

Aroha’s Story (I Don’t like Love) The often unspoken story of a young girl.

Passion Fruit   Meet Giulia and Andrea, two Italian surfers who settled in Aotearoa New Zealand to follow their passion for surfing. More Freedom Less Perfection!

Gymnastic      Even though gymnastics is a hard sport and you fail a lot, you need to try not to give up. It’s the best thing ever.

A SADD Comedy     Please focus on driving safely.

Raglan Vice    There has been a murder in town and detectives, Griffen and Bones are here to solve the mystery.

RAFFAs reeling in local filmmakers

RAFFA winners from 2018 at the Red Carpet event

The Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards is celebrating 10 years this year of exceptional local filmmaking talent.

Nominations are now open to all ages – all you need is your imagination and a device for filming.

Old School Arts Centre manager Jacqueline Anderson says the RAFFAs were created to recognise the extraordinary talent of local actors, screenwriters, editors, producers and directors interested in making movies.

“It’s always a great pleasure for the RAFFA judges to view the films that are entered and we seem to have more entrants each year and the calibre of the films keeps improving.”

Up-and-coming talent can join the Raglan Filmmakers’ Club to learn new movie making skills, meeting the first and third Thursday of the month at the Old School Arts Centre from 6-7.30pm starting Thursday, July 4 – koha membership.

The club is open to all ages and abilities for people interested in all areas of filmmaking to share ideas, tools of the trade, provide feedback and collaborate on projects.

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. Awards and prizes – including cash and vouchers – will be presented at a Red Carpet Awards night on Saturday, September 28 at the Raglan Town Hall.

Enter at facebook.com/creativeraglanfilmfestival, contact us at the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street, 07 825 0023 or [email protected] for more details.

Whaingaroa stars celebrate filmmaking success on red carpet

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.

Lisa Thomson presents Filmmaker Sarah Hutchison and Devon Te Kanawa with the Grand Phoenix Palm Award for best overall film for Till Death Do Us Part.
Lisa Thomson presents Filmmaker Sarah Hutchins and Devon Te Kanawa with the Grand Phoenix Palm Award for best overall film for Till Death Do Us Part.

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.