Date: 16 December 2013
A clever rap that explores the life-cycle of our most vital resource water, was announced as the Department of Conservation ‘Big Picture Award’ winner last week at The Someday Awards in Auckland.
I’m a Little Molecule of H2O, directed by 23-year-old music teacher Paascalino Schaller and his Avalon Intermediate School music students, impressed the judges with its clever and relevant lyrics, cinematography and message. “It’s a fantastic, funky film that gets to grips with the Big Picture of how we are all connected to the natural world,” said judging team member, Nikki Wright (DOC). “The film is a brilliant example of young people creating their own take on the issue of our day and putting it into a local context.”
I’m a Little Molecule of H2O is one of 20 award-winning films celebrated at the Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 5 December. The winning film-makers received their prizes from acclaimed New Zealand film-maker Andrew Adamson, who they also met with earlier in the day.
Each film received a special award (listed below) and was in the running to be Element Audience Favourite.
A record 1500 people voted in the online poll, which was also won by I’m A Little Molecule of H2O.
Now in its seventh year, The Outlook for Someday is New Zealand’s sustainability film project for young people, and one of DOC’s major national education partnerships. It asks young people aged up to 24 to make a short sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes. It includes a national series of sustainability film-making workshops.1063 young people participated in the film challenge and workshops in 2013.
153 entries came from all over New Zealand, and nine of the winning films this year came from the South Island - which is more than in any of the previous six years of the film challenge.
Other winning entries cover shark finning, palm oil, water quality, climate change, fair trade, drug addiction, community reuse of resources, and a great film about endangered sea lions that was supported by DOC ranger Ros Cole.
DOC's Markerita Poutasi, and acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Adamson, present Paascalino Schaller and team member Estere Dalton, with the DOC Big Picture Award at the Outlook for Someday film challenge
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