From a total of 30 entries received in the recent Anzac Theatre Short Film competition, three talented Kaipara winners emerged to take prizes for their work at a presentation ceremony recently. The cash prizes were given with congratulations by Kaipara mayor Dr Jason Smith.
Winner of the School Age Fiction category with a film named Aldulsa, was Nan 6 Productions, Nikolai Puharich, Dargaville, and Platon Malakhov from Kaiwaka won the Open Non-Fiction category with his film Following the Song.
A battle ensued between two films for the Open Fiction category, with judges calling equal placing for Creative Calvary, represented by Harley Alexander from Kerikeri for his film Incoming Call, and Laughing Jamaican Productions represented by Dylan Hansen of Dargaville, for the film Lens.
The team at Laughing Jamaican Productions have entered and done well since 2012. “Now that all of Northland is included in the Anzac Theatre Short Film event there is more to compete against, and there is more variation in the type of films made,” said Dylan.
Their film Lens delivered a message about the excessive use of social media, and that perhaps other things are more important — a different focus to their previous comedy or horror entries.
Administrator Joe Simpkin collated the competition entries and ensured they could be viewed on the big screen, and judges Cherry Waldron, David Mitchell, Kimberley Waugh and Steve Thrupp, spent hours watching the films during their assessments. Organisers wish to thank all sponsors.