Lights, camera, action, competition
Calling all budding film-makers – a new short film competition might be your first step to stardom.
Porirua’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is offering $500 for the best short film made on the theme: ‘‘My city, Porirua city’’.
‘‘The theme is about diversity in Porirua,’’ says YAG member Nopera Dennis-mccarthy.
Any genre is welcome, from documentaries to rom-coms, and the five-minute films can be shot on professional equipment or simply on a cellphone.
College kids aged 12 to 18 are encouraged to enter individually or in groups of up to five people. On top of a $500 prize, high schools can score $ 500 from Porirua City Council if they invest in film equipment for the winning movie.
The contest was devised to encourage creativity among Porirua’s teenagers and to promote YAG – an advisory body of young people to the city council. It is soon to get a dedicated youth development officer to organise its activities. ‘‘ It’s a good advertisement for YAG,’’ Mr Dennis- Mccarthy says.
Porirua Youth Advisory Group members Jewelz Kilino and Nopera Dennis-mccarthy are seeking budding film-makers to enter its short film competition and vie for the $500 prize. ‘‘We’re at a rebuilding stage but we’re coming back to strength.’’
The competition will hopefully attract more young people to YAG, member Jewelz Kilino says. ‘‘ It’s pretty exciting because our YAG group is pretty small.’’
Entrants have until May 4 to submit their film. Register at pcc.govt.nz (search ‘‘YAG film’’).
Playwright Briar GraceSmith, who wrote the 2009 film The Strength of Water, and documentary film- maker Tony Sutorius will judge the films alongside a YAG member. Creativity will be assessed more than technical finesse.
The winner will be announced at a screening of the best entries at Pataka on May 23.
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