The ‘Unique Stories’ film screening, held at the Oamaru Opera House on Friday evening, showed how much creative talent there is in Waitaki when it comes to movie making and telling stories about the district.
The competition was part of the Cultural Facility Development Project - a major project that will see the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive merge and move to an expanded Forrester Gallery site.
The winners were chosen and announced by Natural History NZ film producer and Emmy® Award winner Ian McGee.
Mayor Gary Kircher says the entries featured a wide range of stories including the mystery surrounding Kakanui’s Kaka, kidnapped blue penguins, prehistoric Waitaki fossils, Waitaki’s beautiful natural environment, school bullying and the history of pineapple chunks.
“The brief for the competition was to make a three-minute film, telling a unique story about Waitaki and that’s exactly what we received,” says Mayor Kircher.
“The innovation and creativity were tremendous and this was acknowledged by our guest judge, Ian McGee. We were all treated to an evening of storytelling that included humour, history, the abundance of our natural heritage and environment – it was a great event and everyone involved in the project did a wonderful job.”
“Our MC for the evening, Matt Chisholm, and Ian McGee were incredibly generous in donating their time for this special event. I’d also like to thank the many sponsors we had for the competition prizes – Ohau Ski Field; Lake Ohau Lodge; Whitestone Cheese; Steampunk HQ; Waitaki Aquatic Centre; Warehouse Stationery; Soul, Surf and Skate; Oamaru Sports and Outdoors; Whitestone City; Portside Restaurant; Omarama Hot Tubs; NZ Whiskey Co; Tourism Waitaki; and Bella Vista Motels. The generosity of these sponsors is very much appreciated.”
The winners were:
School category: Fossils and Frollicks by North Otago Home Education
12-18 Year Old category: Penguin Tracks by Joseph Newton
Open Professional category: Altitude Surveying - My Unique Story by Damien McNamara
Charlie’s Chunks by Maddy Maxwell and Bridget Ellis also received a Highly Commended award.