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Awards celebrate local film talent

Raglan film-makers and actors, young and old, donned their gladrags last Saturday for the sixth Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards ceremony.

After a successful week-long film festival at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre, the red carpet RAFFA ceremony was held to celebrate local talent and film achievements.

Arts faciliator Jacqueline Anderson said the event was a sell-out, with the Old School at its capacity of 50 people.
She said guests were treated to a three-course dinner – a fundraising effort by Raglan soccer mothers – and a showing of RAFFA-nominated films, before the 2014 winners were revealed.

It was a true Raglan-style event, with paparazzi skills provided by Raglan Area School student Brandy Kitiona, awards crafted by local sculptor Chris Meek, and cash prizes donated by local businesses.

• Best Music Video Award: Mark Reynolds, Dean Glass and Rick Gutzewitz from PigSlug Records for National Anthem for Planet Earth.
• Best Director and Editor Award: Ben Lenzner for This is Just Batting Practice.
• Best Actor Award: Tuku Stevenson for Te Karere me Tukupeau Stevenson.
• Best Short Film Award: Emma Blaikie and Sky Reid for The Sweet Life.
• Best Cinematography Award: Raglan Bar Crossing.
• Best Documentary: Geraint Tomas and Aaron Brunet for The Bread Man.
• Best Young Talent Award: Frankie Reynolds, Rylie Neil and Racheal Hayward for Child Soldiers.
• Best Environmental Award: PigSlug Records for National Anthem for Planet Earth.
• Grand Phoenix Palm Award: Aaron Moar for Xtreme Waste – Community Enterprise.

Rachel Benn


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