Yet another film award

DEBBIE JAMIESON
Last updated 13:54 11/12/2013
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Mt Aspiring student Daisy Thor-Poet, centre, celebrating her win in the international Panasonic Kid Witness News filmmaking competition. She is pictured with her support crew Kathrine Millis, left and sister Ming.

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Excited and exhausted Mt Aspiring student Daisy Thor-Poet, returned home on Monday after winning an international film competition in Paris last week.

The 15-year-old's film titled Forever Emily was chosen from 650 entries from 28 countries.

Winning the competition was quite unexpected, she said.

"All the other movies were really good."

The aspiring director said the recognition was great and she hoped it would help with her chosen career path.

She attended the prizegiving at the Unesco headquarters with her sister Ming and friend Katherine Millis who had played roles in the film and Mt Aspiring College teacher Rachel O'Connell at the expense of competition sponsor Panasonic.

The crew loved their four-day whirlwind tour of Paris with visiting the Eiffel Tour at midnight a highlight.

Daisy's winning movie, taken from a teenager's point of view, deals with grief and the feelings and stages that people go through to come to an acceptance of death.

She filmed and edited the film, which took her 14 weekends and 60 hours to produce.

Daisy first got involved in the Panasonic Kid Witness News filmmaking competition in 2010 when she saw it advertised on What Now and she was a pupil at Garston School.

As the family did not own a film camera she designed the story board and won a camera from Panasonic to film with.

That film, Giving Back, was about respecting and appreciating the environment we live in. Her next film, The Invitation, a film about the quest to find new friendship saw her fly to Vietnam last year as a finalist.

She is also a finalist for her most recent film Searching for Summer, a short work about finding your identity and place in the world and she will travel to Bangkok next month to represent her school in the regional judging before starting year 12.

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