Student film 'Shelter' about the importance of friendship wins Roxy5 film competition

The team of eight from Wellington High School were awarded Supreme Winner for 2017 for the Roxy5 Short Film Competition.
JUSTINE HALL

The team of eight from Wellington High School were awarded Supreme Winner for 2017 for the Roxy5 Short Film Competition.

A film by a team of Wellington High School students has taken out the top prize at the 2017 Roxy5 Short Film Competition.

The eight year-10 students spent a term creating their five-minute film Shelter, about a group of friends connected by their issues at home. 

The judging panel of the student short film competition, led by Oscar-winner Jamie Selkirk, were impressed by the calibre of all films, but praised the Shelter team for their creative storytelling of a complex drama.

Students at a public screening of the 26 short films entered into the Roxy5 Short Film Competition, held on May 9.
JUSTINE HALL

Students at a public screening of the 26 short films entered into the Roxy5 Short Film Competition, held on May 9.

"Each year the quality of short films has been astounding," Selkirk said.

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The winning film centres on three school kids at a bus shelter.

From left, Antonio Lim, Dan Wharton, and Nathan Pohl, of Tawa College, whose film Whai Whai won best VFX at the awards, ...
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From left, Antonio Lim, Dan Wharton, and Nathan Pohl, of Tawa College, whose film Whai Whai won best VFX at the awards, held at Miramar's Roxy Cinema.

The "story is up to interpretation", producer Grace Medlicott, 14, said. "It shows how you can help friends who are less fortunate."

Many of the team members had entered the competition last year with lighter films, and they wanted to tackle more serious subject matter this year.

The other members of the group, all 14 and 15, were director Finn Culver, Rune Benzon, Zoe Crane, Cerys Wiles, Nadya Macey, Emily Rosemergy and Thomas Woodward.

Kapiti College students whose film Inside Outside made it to the 12 finalists.
Justine Hall

Kapiti College students whose film Inside Outside made it to the 12 finalists.

A total of 26 teams from high schools across the Wellington region entered the short film competition this year.

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A public screening of all the films was held on May 9, and the final 12 were shown at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar on Wednesday night, where the winners were announced.

Films covered diverse topics from lost pets to murder mysteries, and students told their stories through a variety of genres from comedy to stop-motion animation.

Rongotai College students behind one of 12 finalist films, Daggs on Tour, at a preliminary screening on May 9.
Justine Hall

Rongotai College students behind one of 12 finalist films, Daggs on Tour, at a preliminary screening on May 9.

The Otaki College team were awarded runner-up spot for their film Ranginui and Papatuanuku.

Both teams will now have their films remade with the assistance of professional industry mentors, and screened during the 2019 Capital E National Arts Festival in Wellington.

Selkirk said the competition, open to students in years 7 to 13 across the region, was a key way to foster homegrown talent, and provide opportunities within the film industry.

The final 12 films were shown at a red carpet event at the Roxy Cinema on Wednesday.
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The final 12 films were shown at a red carpet event at the Roxy Cinema on Wednesday.

"[It] gives them an insight into what opportunities are out there after they finish university," he said. "Gives them an opportunity to say, oh yes, I can do this." 

The ability to tell a good story through film was still the key to choosing the winner. "Really, it comes down to story telling."

Other winners included Kapiti College's Sock Mess Monster​ for best original musical score; Tawa College for Whai Whai, which picked up best VFX; and Raroa Intermediate's Home Sweet Home, which won the people's choice award.

Students were encouraged to write, direct, edit, and score a short film on any theme they liked. There only requirement was to include Kiwi phrases "ka pai" or "good one", and representations of gumboots and a beanie.

 - Stuff

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