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Award winning student film to air on national television

Date:  12 December 2011

DOC Big Picture Award winner Renwick School's Jakob MacGibbon with special guest Robyn Malcolm. Photo courtesy of Click to view larger.
DOC Big Picture Award winner Renwick School's Jakob MacGibbon with special guest Robyn Malcolm. Click to view image larger

A team of students from Marlborough have taken out the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award in The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge.

A group of junior students from Renwick School, won the prize for their short film ‘The Greedy Little Huhu Grub,’ a drama in which a concerned tui watches as a destructively ravenous huhu grub consumes everything around him.

DOC’s Deputy Director General, Felicity Lawrence, said the Big Picture Award was given to a film which best captured the ‘big ideas and values’ about the natural world around us and its role in our well being. “It’s fabulous that this young team have skilfully captured one of the planet’s big stories into a simple compelling tale.

“We know from international trends that young people are increasingly disconnected from the natural world and there is a growing gap in understanding about how our planet’s diversity is critical to our survival. But what this creative challenge does is support young NZ filmmakers and role models to create strong inspirational stories to tell others.”

The competition was for young people up to age 24 and the challenge was to make a short film with a sustainability-related theme up to five minutes in length. Six-year-old story writer and on screen star Jakob MacGibbon, and his teacher Monique Stevenson were there to accept the award at The Someday Awards red carpet ceremony last week at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.

The students’ prize is an eco cruise, nature and wildlife tour to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and historic Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds.

Director of The Outlook for Someday challenge David Jacobs said the project was designed to promote self-expression and creativity by young people on the great issue of their time - sustainability. “Our role in running The Outlook for Someday is to support young people in joining in a new generation of sustainability story-tellers.”

The 20 winning films in 2011 were chosen from a record 153 entries which over 600 young people took part in making.

‘The Greedy Little Huhu Grub’ will be screened by TVNZ 7 on Tuesday 13 December at 6.30 pm and repeated on Wednesday 14 at 12.30 pm as part of a series of five programmes called TVNZ 7 Presents The Outlook for Someday 2011.

To collect prize are Jakob MacGibbon (6) and teacher Monique Stevenson with DOC's deputy Director General Felicity Lawrence (on right).
Jakob MacGibbon (6) collects his prize at The Someday Awards with teacher Monique Stevenson (left) and DOC's deputy Director General Felicity Lawrence

More information

Watch all twenty films on The Outlook for Someday website where there is a vote for The Body Shop Audience Favourite closing on 18 December.

Watch TVNZ 7 Presents The Outlook for Someday 2011 at 6.30 pm each night from Monday 12 to Friday 16 December. Each programme will then be repeated the following day at 12.30 pm.