Seven schools now in NZ film final

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All seven Waitaki schools that competed in a movie-making competition have the chance to claim national honours after a glitch occurred during the local voting period.

The schools are competing against the rest of the country in the Gigaschools Video Competition.

A movie night showcasing all the local schools’ videos was held recently, and people were asked to vote for which school they wanted to compete in the national competition.

Schools had to secure 500 votes to be eligible to compete nationally, but a glitch in the voting meant all seven schools moved onto the finals.

Kid in Oamaru Making Movies Festival organiser Maddie Maxwell, who teamed up with Bridget Ellis to help the schools create their videos, said it was great all the schools made it through.

“Thankfully, due to a glitch in the voting system, all the schools made it through because when the voting reached 301, no more votes came up, so they had to change the criteria.”

Mrs Maxwell said she was proud of all the film-making pupils.

“They all did really well and we have some very techno-savvy pupils who will do well in the future.”

The national entries had to be in by the July 11, with the winners announced on August 1.

The competition is being judged by artist Johnson Witehira, businessman Patrick Snedden and pop artist Massad and Chorus.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

IN THE FINALS: Weston School take part in the Gigaschools Video Competition.