Ōtaki junior filmmakers triumph

Winning  lmmakers Oriwa Hakaraia and Kaea Hakaraia-Hosking with Hon Maggie Barry and Lanita Ririnui-Ryan
Winning lmmakers Oriwa Hakaraia and Kaea Hakaraia-Hosking with Hon Maggie Barry and Lanita Ririnui-Ryan

Young Ōtaki filmmakers beat off over one hundred films from across New Zealand at The Outlook for Someday Sustainability Film Challenge Awards held in Auckland on December 12th.

The three filmmakers all went through school workshops run by the Māoriland Film Festival before making their films for the Someday Challenge.

Outlook for Someday is a national competition established in 2006 to encourage anyone under 24 to made a short film of any genre based on sustainability. This year they received 156 entries, of which 20 were award winning finalists. Of special mention at this years awards ceremony were the fact that, for the first time ever, over 50 percent of the winning films were made by young women, and 5 of the 20 winning films were made by young Māori women using te reo Māori, or with a Māori world view.

Sarah Murray and Hon Maggy Barry with a proud Eva Hakaraia
Sarah Murray and Hon Maggy Barry with a proud Eva Hakaraia

Two of the five films included in these facts were made by cousins (12), Oriwa Hakaraia (12) and Kaea Hakaraia-Hosking (11)

Eva’s film “I Love Waiorongomai” was the winner of the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award for a film that relates to the Big Picture focus of DOCS’s National Education Strategy.

“This is a story of community conservation in action to restore the health of Lake Wairongomai”

Oriwa and Kaea won the What Now Primary/Intermediate School Film-makers Award with “Koro Puppeteer”, a film about the strings that sustain a family tradition told through an interview with Kaea’s great grandfather Eric Matthews.

Also amongst the winning films was Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tuwharetoa from Taupo with their film “He Kura Huna”.

The kura pupils made the film after attending Māoriland’s s first ever rangatahi workshop and winning an E Tu Whanau Rangatahi award at this year’s festival.

They received the Te Māngai Pāho Whakatipuranga Award for a film with aMāori indigenous perspective on sustainability.

Two Kapiti College students were also amongst the winners.

Mason Cade Packer (16) won the New Zealand Film Commission Film-making Achievement Award with his mocumentary “Eutha-nation” and Lisa Thompson (17) won the Rockstock Media Empowerment Award with her documentary The Future is in Your Hands.

Not only did each winning film receive an extensive number of prizes but they will all also be entered by The Outlook for Someday into at least one International Film Festival in 2016.

Watch this space..