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48 Hour Film Competition inspires creativity on a countdown

Monday, 7 August 2017 4:30pm

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Toroa College students (from back) Andrew Hon, Albert Fairbrother, Samuel Purdie and (front) TJ Andrews and Tammy Bezuidenhoudt celebrate their Best Film win. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Students from Otago University residential colleges pulled out all the stops last weekend to compete in the 48 Hour Film Competition.

Part of the Inter-college Cultural Competition, which comprises 14 events throughout the year, the 48 Hour Film Competition champions a weekend of creativity and participation.

10 films were submitted before the 3pm Sunday deadline, with judging at 3:30pm and a final screening and award ceremony held that evening at St David lecture theatre.

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Students enjoy the first screening of the films. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

This year’s event had Toroa College winning the top prize of Best Film, claiming competition points towards the Inter-college Cultural Trophy. Arana College and City College came second and third, respectively. Other categories for judging were Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Most Memorable Scene, Best Soundtrack, Best Overacting, Best Use of Prop, and People’s Choice.

Each group was challenged by a compulsory inclusion of a prop (a “Scarfies” cap), a spoken line (“You can’t handle the truth!”) and the theme, which was “coming of age.” Interpretations of the theme included storylines of students settling into college for the first time, coming to terms with their sexuality, and even a group of students learning survival and leadership skills after their college bus crashes and leaves them stranded in the bush with a maniacal fellow student.

Head of City College Andy Walne says it’s an event that “allows students to show their creative talent while having lots of fun.”

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Director of Campus and Collegiate Services James Lindsay (left) and Head of organising college City College Andy Walne enjoying the pre-screening mixer. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Judging the films were Amanda Martin, teaching fellow in the Department of Performing Arts, Music and Theatre; Nic Still, graduate of the Media, Film and Communications department and University Communications Advisor; and Adrian Hockey, director of sales at Challenge Marketing, a sponsor of this year’s event.

Nic Still said the hard work and enthusiasm present in all the films was awesome to see.

“Students really worked hard to maximise their time and showed some impressive acting and editing skills.”

Toroa College’s film, which won both Best Film and People’s Choice awards, can be seen on their Facebook page