Inspiring Stories Film Awards

Tim Hamilton receives The Big Idea creativity and culture award, presented by Margaret Lewis (centre)
Tim Hamilton won The Big Idea creativity and culture award for his film Jeremy.
Winners for the Inspiring Stories Film Competition were announced on Saturday at Te Papa, as a part of the Festival For The Future.


Winners for the Inspiring Stories Film Competition were announced on Saturday night at Te Papa, as part of Festival for the Future.

James Pryor (23) of Whangarei, was awarded the major prize of ‘Most Inspiring Story’ from more than 30 entries received as part of the competition themed ‘young Kiwis making a difference’.

Pryor’s film Continuity Error (below) was a documentary-style film following his younger brother involved in local conservation efforts. First-prize included a two-day internship at Images & Sound post-production facilities in Auckland, as well as $2000 sponsored by New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFACT).

“The chance to spend time in a major post-production facility will give James a fascinating insight into high-end industry – we’re delighted to offer that experience” says Grant Baker, Director of Images & Sound.

Managing Director NZFACT, Tony Eaton says, “the calibre of entries was impressive, and it’s critical that we support and nurture talent to grow the New Zealand film industry.”

The Big Idea special award for Creativity and Culture went to Tim Hamilton (18) from Palmerston North / Pahiatua, for his film Jeremy (below). As part of his prize he gets the chance to work with Marshall Smith and Tom Scott from The Sound Room for his next project. Find out more about Tim in this pre-awards interview with the finalist filmmakers.

Now in its second year, the competition attracted twice as many entrants across secondary, tertiary and open categories. CEO & founder of Inspiring Stories Trust and the film competition, Guy Ryan says, “we love the competition because it can literally change lives, and filmmaking is a powerful tool to showcase young Kiwis making a difference.”

Nearly all finalist filmmakers attended the evening including filmmakers from as far as Dunedin, Christchurch, Wanaka, Whakatane, Katikati and Whangarei. There were 16 awards announced in total including special awards presented by representatives of partnering organisations including 350 Aotearoa, Forest & Bird, The Big Idea, Sir Peter Blake Trust, Trade Aid and The Outlook For Someday.

"The chance to celebrate these motivated young filmmakers in a prestigious setting in front of such a large audience was a dream come true" says Film Competition Coordiantor, Lu Davidson.

The major award winners can be viewed online and will be toured nationwide as part of the Inspiring Stories filmmaking workshop & screening series in 2013.

  • Winners for the Inspiring Stories Film Competition

Most Inspiring Story & Overall Winner
Continuity Error (Whangarei)

Best In Secondary School Category
Fuelling Our Future (Christchurch)

Best In Tertiary Institute Category   
My Friend Harriet (Dunedin)

Best In Open Category
The Harbour Co-Op (Wellington)

Making-A-Difference Award
Katie Smith (Hungry For Change - Kapiti)

Technical Prowess finalists
Continuity Error (Whangarei)

Special Awards

350 Aotearoa Local Solutions to Climate Change Award
Fuelling Our Future (Christchurch)

Forest & Bird Kaitiaki Award
On Yer Bike (Wanaka)

Sir Peter Blake Trust Youth Leadership Award
Brittany Trilford (Wellington)

The Big Idea Creativity & Culture Award
Jeremy (Palmerston North)

The Outlook for Someday Sustainability Award
My friend Harriet (Dunedin)

Trade Aid Human Rights Award
Silcencio (Wellington)

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Inspiring Stories Trust

20 Nov 2012

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