The show must go on for the RAFFAs

The show must go on and the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) won’t let a global pandemic get in the way of local filmmaking endeavours. 

Old School Arts Centre manager Jacqueline Anderson says every year the RAFFA team of volunteers strive to adapt, develop and improve the film awards. 

The awards night may have been cancelled last year but the team brought the Red Carpet to the awardees and captured the award ceremony in film. 

“Even with the constant threat of lockdowns and the uncertainty of when we would move through the different levels last year, the team was determined to celebrate our awesome local filmmaking talent.” 

Jacqueline says the film festival team are keen to have fresh new faces and new energy on the team. 

“You don’t need to be a film industry expert. We tell our filmmakers that a simple device like a mobile phone and their imagination are all that is needed. If you love a good movie and want to be part of a team whose goal is to nurture up-and-coming local creatives, that’s pretty much all that is required to join the film festival team.” 

RAFFA nominations are open and a Red Carpet event at the Raglan Town Hall is being planned for September again, Jacqueline says. 

“We won’t let the uncertainties of Covid dampen our enthusiasm for the RAFFAs. We continue planning for the awards night because it’s such an awesome event and a fabulous way to celebrate the creatives who put their heart and soul into their films.” 

If you are keen to be involved with the film festival team planning for 2022, contact Jacqueline on jacqueline@raglanartscentre.co.nz to find out about joining the RAFFA team.    

The next film festival catch up is Monday, March 14 at 5.30pm at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre. 

If you are a filmmaker entering a film at the Old School Arts Centre, contact 07 825 0023, info@raglanartscentre.co.nz or check out facebook.com/creativeraglanfilmfestival or www.raglanartscentre.co.nz for further info.  

This year, tamariki and rangatahi entrants who get their films in by the due date of Monday 25 July, 2pm will go into a lucky prize draw for $100.