Young filmmakers impress

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The Kids in Oamaru Making Movies Festival was a memorable event last week, with the red carpet rolled out, the students glamorous and the films entertaining.

A programme of five-minute films imagining schools in the future were shown on the big screen at the Oamaru Opera House last Wednesday night.

The seven films made by local primary schools over the last term played to an audience of around 100 adults and children, as well as a panel of five local judges.

Kids in Oamaru Making Movies Festival organiser Bridget Ellis was happy with the quality of films put together.

“The movies were awesome and everyone has done really well,” she said.

At intermission, the foyer became a flurry of activity as people placed their top three choices in the voting box for the People’s Choice Award.

Glenavy School one the Best in Festival award for their piece, Glenavy Gets Happy. Runners-up were Totara School and Oamaru Intermediate.

The People’s Choice Award went to Weston School for Gigin’it, closely followed by Oamaru Intermediate and Fenwick Primary School. Best Gigatown movie went to Weston Primary School.

Some of the schools that took part on the night received a tablet from Gigatown Oamaru.

The local film festival leads into the National Gigatown School Video Competition. All the movies shown on Wednesday are now on YouTube and can be linked through the Gigatown Oamaru website.

The schools need at least 500 views to be eligible for the national competition.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY