Green film wins award

19:39, Dec 22 2013

A budding film-maker, inspired by her younger sister's love for conservation, has won a national title.

Michelle Vergel de Dios, of Totaravale, won the Enviroschools Young Voices for Change Award in The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge.

Started in 2007, the competition sees New Zealand's young film-makers share their views about the future, focussing on sustainability.

The 22-year-old accepted her award from Kiwi director Andrew Adamson, of Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia fame at the December 5 ceremony.

Michelle, a digital film-making student at the Yoobee School of Design, says her film, 15 Ways, lists simple tasks everyone can do to help the planet.

With her own DIY green screen and her sister Hannah as the star, Michelle filmed over one day and used motion graphics to illustrate her message of conservation.

Hannah, 12, plants trees at home and "scolds" her older sister if she leaves a tap running, Michelle says.

New Zealanders inspire her as they take care of their environment, the Filipino film-maker says. Michelle hopes to become part of the New Zealand film industry.

Go to for more of her work.

To watch the winning the short film click here.


North Shore Times