All the RAFFA Nominees. Image // Glenda Harris

Whaingaroa stars celebrate filmmaking success at red carpet

Local filmmaking talent was the winner at the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards at the Raglan Town Hall red carpet night on Saturday.

Over 100 people celebrated Whaingaroa’s finest filmmaking talent at the glamour event, with the town hall transforming into an Oscars-style venue.

Filmmaker Sarah Hutchins walked away the coveted Grand Phoenix Palm Award for best overall film for her short film Till Death Do Us Part – a love story about a young man taking care of his beloved zombie wife.

The RAFFA judges said the film featured strong dialogue, moody cinematography, Kiwi humour and great acting that carried the plot from the opening scene right through to the climactic ending.

The film also took out Best Screenplay and runner-up Best Actor for Devon Te Kanawa who played the lovestruck husband.

Best Tamariki was awarded to Raglan Area School students Jaime Witters, Iemaja Hassell and Kayla Stockman-Bond for their anti-bullying music video and Best Rangatahi went to Corina Tweedie and Phoebe Balinska-Smith for a summer romance film set at the beach.

Continuing with the zombie theme, Best Open All Ages went to Dinah Arndt for Night of the Crawling Dead, this time featuring zombie babies.

The Raglan Film Festival is organised and presented by Raglan Community Arts Council. Check out more from the RAFFAs on the Creative Raglan – Film Festival Facebook page.

Raglan Arts Council

A full list of the Raffa winners can be viewed on the classifieds page.