First place in national OnScreen Short Film Competition

Posted on November 17, 2023

Year 12 Macleans College student Ivy Feng (Rutherford House) has been awarded first place in the national OnScreen Short Film Competition for the short film she made in Media Studies titled ‘Sandcastle’.

The competition attracted short films from over 1,100 high school students across New Zealand Aotearoa. The final ten films were screened to a full house at Academy Cinemas on Tuesday evening where the awards were also announced. All the filmmakers from around the country were flown in for the event.

The judges were from the New Zealand film industry: Zia Mandviwalla (writer and director), Susan Leonard (producer and director), Annabel Kean (director) and Raymond Edwards (cinematographer, writer and director). Ivy was presented with $2,000 and was also acknowledged with additional awards for the film’s score and sound mix.

Prior to the finals, three other Macleans College films were in the semi-final which included 22 films from around the country. They were ‘Beyond Farewell’ by Meagan Maritz (Mansfield), Erica O'Neill (Upham) and Troy Telfer (Rutherford), ‘Spot’ by Ela Meiring (Batten) and Liliana Relf (Te Kanawa) and ‘Bloom’ by Zoë Barrett (Upham). Zoë picked up further recognition in the technical awards, getting highly commended for her animation and styling. All these films were showcased at the Macademy Awards earlier in the year and can be found on the Media At Macleans YouTube channel.