Lights, Camera, Action! for Short Film Challenge Winners
A story exploring the self-discovery of fear and paranoia captured the imagination of judges to take out the top accolade of ‘Best Film’ at the 2011 Youthtown New Zealand Short Film Challenge.
New Zealand’s rising film talent gathered together for a red carpet ‘Oscar style’ premiere event at the Academy cinema in Auckland to watch the short films. It was a night for stars with entries judged by South Seas’ On Screen Acting Course Director, Johnny Givens, and Head of Design, Allie Simpson.
Shadow took out Best Film, while Tom Mannion took away Best Director with his film Phasma Phasmatis, the same film that won Benji Angrinon the accolade of Best Actor.
Shadow picked up four of the 10 awards with Best Film, Best use of Prop, Best Script and Best Cinematography. Phasma Phasmatis took away a further four awards including Best Director, Best Film Runner-up, Best Actor and Best Editing. A third film, Teenage Zombie Hunters, took out Best use of Genre and Best use of Line.
There were 10 awards from best film and director to best cinematography and $2,000 worth of Harvey Norman vouchers up for grabs. This year’s films were required to include the line “You won’t believe what happened next...” and feature a pair of oversized sunglasses as a prop.
In its eighth year, the Youthtown Short Film Challenge is an annual event that gives budding film makers, actors and actresses, between 13 and 18 years of age, the chance to showcase their talents.
Check out the winning films on our Vimeo site.