Homegrown short films hit the screen
Unitec will have a strong presence at the New Zealand International Film Festival this week.
Senior lecturer in design Miriam Harris, and former students Niki Hiini and Jill Kennedy are all showing short films at the festival today and tomorrow.
The three films form part of the Homegrown collection, made up of 10 short clips.
Ms Harris’ short film Soaring Roaring Diving was named the best experimental film at the Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be shown at the New Zealand festival.
The title of the film comes from a letter written by Virginia Wolf, Ms Harris explains.
“She was talking about how the brain is busy soaring roaring and diving, to describe the range of human experience and life’s joys and upheavals,” she says.
Soaring Roaring Diving was completed at the end of 2008.
Ms Hiini’s film is titled Grace and was her project while she was studying digital animation, taught by Ms Harris.
race was named best short film by an Auckland student in a competition run by the Auckland City Council, and won Ms Hiini an internship with top Auckland animation house Flux.
Also showing as part of Homegrown is Better Military Modelling by Ms Kennedy, who studied painting and animation at Unitec.
The Homegrown film collection will screen at 6pm tonight and 11.15am tomorrow at SkyCity Cinemas on Queen St.