Lights, cam­era, ac­tion, com­pe­ti­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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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