Film festival to showcase the ‘Good Stuff’ vollies do

IT’S WHAT WE DO: Videographer Chris Wall and director Nina Kwak set up a scene for their short film — one of nine films showcasing work done by Gisborne’s many not-for-profit community groups and individuals. About to be filmed are volunteers Rose Mundae and Paul Topp, GVC volunteer service co-ordinator Ros Faulkner, St John op shop manager Wendy Naden, and volunteer Hilary Pickering.
Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A rogue bodyboard pulled from the surf later turns out to be possessed by a shark in one of the nine films created to shine a light on work done by this region’s community groups.

Short film festival Two Minutes of Good Stuff is the brainchild of Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC).

The project involved 18 local filmmakers who produced nine very different films.

“Video is a powerful way of story-telling,” says GVC marketing and volunteer service co-ordinator Janine Hamilton-Kells.

“There is an amazing amount of volunteer activity in the community. This is a way to showcase what we do.”

Organisers advertised for filmmakers and matched them with not-for-profit groups.

Eighteen filmmakers were matched with nine charities or community groups.

“One of the filmmakers has been mentoring kids at Te Karaka Area School.

“They made two promotional films — one for YES, the Young Enterprise Scheme, the other for LandSAR,” says Ms Hamilton-Kells.

With a view to releasing the films on social media, organisers stipulated a maximum film length of two minutes 59 seconds but gave filmmakers creative licence.

“It sounds like we’ll have a diverse range of films. We’ve had filmmakers go on helicopter rides; at the beach pulling people out of the water; in the bush clearing pest traps at Gray’s Bush.”

Judges are Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster in his capacity as chairman of Creative Communities, Campion College drama teacher and film star Jol Sparks, and Department of Internal Affairs community adviser Nita Selena.

The top prize is a stay at Stranded in Paradise Backpackers in Tokomaru Bay.

The judges’ decision will be announced at the films’ screening at Tairawhiti Museum on Thursday, June 20.

The screening will be part of a series of events during National Volunteer Week.

A rogue bodyboard pulled from the surf later turns out to be possessed by a shark in one of the nine films created to shine a light on work done by this region’s community groups.

Short film festival Two Minutes of Good Stuff is the brainchild of Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC).

The project involved 18 local filmmakers who produced nine very different films.

“Video is a powerful way of story-telling,” says GVC marketing and volunteer service co-ordinator Janine Hamilton-Kells.

“There is an amazing amount of volunteer activity in the community. This is a way to showcase what we do.”

Organisers advertised for filmmakers and matched them with not-for-profit groups.

Eighteen filmmakers were matched with nine charities or community groups.

“One of the filmmakers has been mentoring kids at Te Karaka Area School.

“They made two promotional films — one for YES, the Young Enterprise Scheme, the other for LandSAR,” says Ms Hamilton-Kells.

With a view to releasing the films on social media, organisers stipulated a maximum film length of two minutes 59 seconds but gave filmmakers creative licence.

“It sounds like we’ll have a diverse range of films. We’ve had filmmakers go on helicopter rides; at the beach pulling people out of the water; in the bush clearing pest traps at Gray’s Bush.”

Judges are Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster in his capacity as chairman of Creative Communities, Campion College drama teacher and film star Jol Sparks, and Department of Internal Affairs community adviser Nita Selena.

The top prize is a stay at Stranded in Paradise Backpackers in Tokomaru Bay.

The judges’ decision will be announced at the films’ screening at Tairawhiti Museum on Thursday, June 20.

The screening will be part of a series of events during National Volunteer Week.

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