Monday, November 19, 2012

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2012

Thanks to Iisa for the graphic
standing on the podium in the spotlight.
The 5th annual Manaiakalani Film Festival was held at Hoyts, Sylvia Park in the Extreme Screen cinema on November 14th.  This has become the major celebration event for our cluster of nine schools and this year we were pleased to have even more movies and bigger audiences. There is a 'live' component to the festival as each movie is introduced by one or two children who have 30 seconds to engage the audience before their film plays. Check out these two cuties undaunted by the blinding lights and huge venue.

One highlight was the noticeable increase in the number of movies entirely produced by students.  A number of movies were introduced as 'the winning entry from our class movie competition", implying that groups of children had made movies in each class. Because we are a Year 1-13 cluster we had a huge range of themes and subjects with kids ranging from ages 5-18 involved in the making of.  All our movies can be accessed from this link. 

This year we were at capacity for our daytime screenings and our evening showcase sold out with many disappointed parents.  We are looking at hiring more than one theatre next year and running the daytime screenings of the movies simultaneously.

An important aspect of this celebration is bringing our schools together to create the sense of community between our schools which inspires us to share our goals and dreams and learn from each other. It is lovely to see students crossing school boundaries to leave supportive feedback on each others' movies.  This year a number of students have dedicated posts on their blogs to movies from other schools.  This slideshow embedded below links to a sample of the many student blog posts reporting on the movies they saw.

  Other links: 
Film Festival planning website 
View all the movies
Post by Karen Ferguson (Tamaki College Facilitator/ lead teacher)