Reel Earth pitches for cre­atives


Young Palmer­ston North film­maker Sarah Ris­dale was 14 when she made the multi-award­win­ning clay­ma­tion film Whenua Finds a Future about the whio or en­dan­gered blue duck.

An ear­lier clay­ma­tion film Cows and Cleaner Dairy­ing had won Sarah top spot in the 7 to 13-year-old sec­tion of the 2012 Reel Earth En­vi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val.

En­tries for this year’s Reel Earth Young Film­mak­ers Award in three cat­e­gories for un­der 23-year-olds are open now. Film fes­ti­val project co­or­di­na­tor Ju­lia Pant­fylova from the Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust is en­cour­ag­ing cre­ative young­sters from around the coun­try to give it a go.

‘‘We want to share the views of kids and youth, and film­mak­ing is a fun ac­tiv­ity that young peo­ple can share in with their friends or fam­ily.’’

Films should pro­mote con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity or deal with other en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

‘‘We want to know how young peo­ple see the world that they will be liv­ing in, and what they would do to im­prove things. Kids have in­no­va­tive and clever ideas and of­ten bring dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives to is­sues that con­cern them.

Pant­fylova said a PNCET win­ter sur­vey last year found the big­gest en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns for over-18s in Manawatu were waste man­age­ment and fresh wa­ter qual­ity.

‘‘What do younger peo­ple in other places think? Are th­ese ma­jor prob­lems, or are there other is­sues they see as im­por­tant?’’

The un­der 10-minute en­vi­ron­men­tal films can be in­di­vid­ual ef­forts or group and class­room col­lab­o­ra­tions, and needn’t re­strict them­selves to be­ing doc­u­men­taries.

Awarded by a jury of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, film­mak­ers, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and ed­u­ca­tors, the top prize in the ter­tiary sec­tion is val­ued at $800, with sub­se­quent prizes val­ued at $500 and $300.

There is a range of prizes for the ju­nior and youth sec­tions.

If the qual­ity al­lows, sub­mit­ted films will get the big screen treat­ment at the Reel Earth fes­ti­val in May.

En­tries need to be sub­mit­ted by March 31.


A scene from Sarah Ris­dale’s award-win­ning film, ‘‘Whenua Finds a Future’’.

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