The Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) celebrate the achievements of local Raglan Whaingaroa film-makers and actors. Films are awarded in various categories, as well as the overall RAFFA Creative Force Award.
The 2013 RAFFA (Raglan Arts Film Festival Award) awards ceremony was held on 21 September at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre.
For the first time, the award recipients received a cash prize with their awards. This was made possible by generous support from Droidworx, PiwiWiwi Campers, and Stendy Electrical.
The 2013 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards presented to the recipients by the sponsors and Old School members were:
RAFFA Music Video Award: Cornerstone Roots for “Take Me”
Best Director Award: Ben Lenzner for Backwards Rider
Best Actress Award: Vanessa Moltzen, Restless
Best Short Film Award: KASM and Juan Duazo for A Hoe featuring Phil, Bernadette and Sequoia
RAFFA Feature Film Award: James Brown for Red, White Black and Blue
Young Talent Award: Mungo Bates for Déjà Vu Skate
Certificates were presented to honour and congratulate nominees for the high quality of their films and thought-provoking human interest documentaries:
- Dave Duffin and Kurt Oram for Roy Stuart – Surfer for sharing the uniqueness and design that is Roy’s surfboards.
- Mike O’Neill and Lyn Kriegler for Khushi, which bought to the Raglan community an awareness of the Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust and the support centre that exists to help those in need.
- Juan Duazo for Silent Might which documents a significant and important assembly of members of the Raglan Community and KASM voicing their strong opposition to seabed mining.
- Micah Puklowski for Restless as director and producer for yet another great entry into the Raglan Film Festival.
The RAFFA awards were designed by Phil & Emily Meek from Surreal Steel. The award design captures the old-school style of a film movie reel.
Restless (4 mins)
Director: Micah Puklowski
Unable to sleep, older sister of two Victoria must return to a family favourite vacation spot to face her past and try to find closure.
Red White Black Blue (81 mins)
Director: James Brown
This acclaimed documentary follows a group of high school students from South Los Angeles as they embark on a rugby tour of New Zealand. The group’s tour includes a visit to Raglan, where they play a game against Melville High School.
Roy Stuart: Surfer (11 mins)
Director: Dave Duffin & Kurt Oram
A profile of Roy Stuart, a surfboard creator who has a very different approach to the craft. His boards are extremely long and are designed for speed and ease in surfing. His boards are both functional and pieces of art. He lives with his large family in Putaruru and often makes the trip to Raglan in his old bus to catch a few waves in his highlighter orange wetsuit.
The Backwards Rider (8:30 mins)
Director: Ben Lenzer
Raglan-based director Ben Lenzer tells the story of Toronto artist Leslie Slowley who can be seen riding his bike around the streets of his city, sitting on the handlebars, facing backwards. Slowley shares his unique philosophy of backwards riding.
A Hoe: Coastal Journey by KASM (5mins)
Director: Juan Dauzo
Phil McCabe, Bernadette Gavin and their 11-year-old daughter Sequoia walk the coast between Opunake and Whanganui over the course of a week, engaging with South Taranaki communities on the issue of seabed mining.
Director: Mike O’Neill
A look at the little known problem of elder abuse amongst Indian and South Asian people in New Zealand – and the charitable organisation that helps them.
Take Me Through My Life (4mins)
Director: Cornerstone Roots
The music video for the second single off Cornerstone Roots’ album Rock My Soul. Filmed in Raglan.
Deja vu Skate (4mins)
Director: Mungo Bates
Raglan groms at the skate bowl.