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Submitted by reelearth on Thu, 17 May 2018 @ 11:54 am

Reel Earth Opening Event/ Short film Competition Awards Evening

We had an awesome turn out for the Reel Earth Opening Event/Short Film Competition Awards Night Tuesday 1 May! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our talented filmmakers, from all over the country. A huge thank you to our prize sponsors: Forest & Bird, DOC, the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand, Ecostore, JCM Excavators, Recycle Boutique, Flip City, Café Royale, and Nga Manu.

Winners of F&B Prize
Sam & Sarah Ridsdale being awarded Forest & Bird sponsored award

We began the night in The Globe Theatre where Daniel Collins, Chair of Palmerston North City Environmental Trust, was our amazing MC for the night. Rangitāne iwi kaumātua Wiremu Te Awe Awe kicked things off with a karakia, Mayor Grant Smith then followed with the official opening of Reel Earth for 2018.

Next, we celebrated the awards winners for the Reel Earth 2018 Short Film Competition. It has truly become a nation-wide event! We had such an excellent selection of environmental films submitted this year - from Auckland to Christchurchand everywhere in between, and across all age groups! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to submit a film. Each film illustrated the phenomenal level of talent, creativity and skill that these young filmmakers use to highlight environmental topics. Congratulations to all our winners!

A big thank you to Te Manawa for hosting a delightful post awards ceremony get together with delicious nibbles care of Café Royale and the wonderful sounds of the Weird Prophets.

Crowd at opening event
Crowd in Te Manawa at opening event

The winners and their awards are as follows:

Junior Category:

1st Place ($200 Noel Leeming voucher) = North Loburn School Enviro Leaders with their film Plastic Straw Free Rangiora

2nd Place ($100 Noel Leeming voucher) = Waitakiri Productions with their film Small Changes

3rd Place ($50 Noel Leeming voucher) = Pomaria School Years 4-5 with their film Environmental Defenders


Youth Category:

1st Place ($200 Noel Leeming voucher) = Hollie Cohen with her film Archie

2nd Place ($100 Noel Leeming voucher) = Sam and Sarah Ridsdale with their film Jimmy’s Garden

3rd Place ($50 Noel Leeming voucher) = Geoff Chen with his film The Right Bin


Adult Category:

1st Place ($200 Noel Leeming voucher) = Brooke Waterson with her film SOS: Save Our Seas

2nd Place ($100 Noel Leeming voucher) = Whitney Oliver with her film Tanya The Hut Warden

3rd Place ($50 Noel Leeming voucher) = Colin Binsted and Wayne Johnson with their film Huripi: New Growth

Forest & Bird Sponsored Award ($200 Bruce Watt voucher) = Sam and Sarah Ridsdale for their film Jimmy’s Garden

Department of Conservation Sponsored Award (Hut passes and a day out with a ranger) = Michael Jessup for his film Penguin Boxes

Jane Goodall Institute NZ Sponsored Awards:

Adult Category (signed copy of Jane Goodall’s book ‘Seeds of Hope’) = Michael Jessup for his film Madal Stream Cleanup

Youth Category (Jane Goodall Institute NZ T-Shirt) = Sarah Ridsdale for her film Subsistence to Sustainability

Junior Category (Mr H. toy) = AAC Studios for their film Shore is Polluted: Can’t you Sea?


Best Cinematography Award = Steve Outram for his film The Fairfield Programme


Standout Awards (In no particular order):

Standout Award = Hana Tawhai for her film Tū Te Manawa

Standout Award = Raylene Beals for her film Big Girls

Standout Award = Philadelphia Mete Kingi for her film Inanga

Standout Award = Putaruru College Year 9 PC Film Crew for their film Hayden’s Time Adventure

Standout Award = Josh Boag for his film Wai Parahanga

Standout Award = Charlie Higgison for his film Education By Example


Links to Short Film Entries:

Plastic Straw Free Rangiora (Junior):

Small Changes (Junior):

Environmental Defenders (Junior):

Archie (Youth):

Jimmy's Garden (Youth):

The Right Bin (Youth):

SOS: Save our Seas (Adult):

Tanya The Hut Warden (Adult):

Huripi New Growth (Adult):

Penguin Boxes (Adult):

Madal Stream Cleanup (Adult):

Subsistence to Sustainability (Youth):

Shore is Polluted: Can't you sea? (Junior):

The Fairfield Project (Adult):

Tū Te Manawa (Adult):

Big Girls (Adult):

Inanga (Youth):

Hayden's Time Adventure (Youth):

Wai Parahanga (Youth):

Education by Example (Youth): 

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