Student wins international film comp

21:30, Nov 21 2012
Make a difference film
Inspiring film: Kapiti College student Troy Coutts has won an award for his documentary on World Vision youth ambassador, Katie Smith, pictured left, with youth ambassadors Sophie Rice and Matt Budler in Mali.

Kapiti College student Troy Coutts has won the Making-a-Difference award for his film about global poverty.

His documentary, Hungry for Change, was filmed as part of the Inspiring Stories film competition.

The film follows World Vision youth ambassador Katie Smith, who led Kapiti College's 40 Hour Famine group this year to raise $21,000.

Troy, 18, is also a member of the 40 Hour famine team and thought her quest would make an interesting documentary.

"I thought she would do well from the start, that's why I wanted to make the film.

"But I didn't think she would [get] $21,000 from such a small school. Obviously people were listening to her."

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His film was first screened at Pataka Art and Museum in August and received a good response, Troy said.

He hopes that by winning the award, it will get the message out about poverty.

"It kind of already has in some way, because it's already got as far as it has [and it'll] be shown around when they next do it next year, which will be kind of cool."

Troy is planning to attend the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch next year and will stay involved with the 40 Hour Famine, he said.

Kapiti Observer