Eighteen-year- old Tauranga filmmaker Tina Jeong is the winner of this year’s International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) New Zealand Regional competition.
Tonight was named winner at a red-carpet event held at Baycourt Community and Arts
Centre in Tauranga on Wednesday (November 22), with Miss Jeong also picking up Best
Director and Gabriella Eaton, the sole performer in Tonight, winning Best Actor.
Along with receiving high praise for her film from the celebrity judges – actor and
screenwriter Tim Balme and Bay of Plenty Film chief executive Anton Steel – Miss Jeong won a total of $2250, including the $2000 first prize sponsored by The New Zealand Broadcasting School.
“This means a lot to me as a student who’s just finished school and doesn’t have any
money,” she joked while accepting her first place award.
It is the second consecutive year that the Tauranga Girls’ College student has won a top
honour in IYSFF after placing second in the 2016 IYSFF NZ Regional.
The other big winners on the night were Mosgiel brothers Benaiah and Toby Dunn whose
silent film The Chase won a total of $2250, including $1500 for second, sponsored by The
University of Waikato. The comedy also picked up three ‘Best Of’ awards for
Cinematography, Production Design and Shot.
Rounding out the top three was The Smile Shop made by Rose McMahon and Samuel
Edwards from the Western Bay of Plenty. The duo won $1000 sponsored by Priority One
and each received a famed copy of a poster they designed for The Smile Shop as part of a
competition introduced to the IYSFF NZ Regional for the first time this year.
The top three films and their makers are automatically invited to the week-long
International Youth Silent Film Festival Final in Portland, Oregon next June.
The awards audience was treated to a screening of all of this year’s top 12 films, each
accompanied live by award-winning American organist and IYSFF composer Nathan Avakian
who performed on Baycourt’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
IYSFF New Zealand co-ordinator, and Baycourt manager, Megan Peacock Coyle, said the bar was lifted by this year’s competition.
“Thank you for putting your work out there,” she told the young film-makers. “It is a very
brave thing to do, and good luck for the future to all of our top 12 filmmakers – I look
forward to seeing all your names in lights.”
The IYSFF is for film-makers aged 20 and younger. Ten genre soundtracks are provided for
entrants who make 3-minute silent films of any style, including animation. Next year’s New
Zealand Regional contest will close on September 1. Find IYSFF contest details at
IYSFF New Zealand Regional Prizes 2017: Best Film: Tonight, Tina Jeong (Tauranga Girls’
College), 1st; The Chase, Benaiah and Toby Dunn (Taieri College, Mosgiel), 2nd; The Smile
Shop, Rose McMahon and Samuel Edwards (Western Bay of Plenty), 3rd; Oedipus Rex,
Ysabella Stevenson, Naia Doak and Alesha McFarlane (Mahurangi College, Auckland), highly recommended. Best Director, Tina Jeong (Tonight). Best Actor, Gabriella Eaton (Tonight). Best Cinematography, The Chase. Best Production Design, The Chase. Best Editing, Oedipus Rex. Best Shot, The Chase. Friends of Baycourt Choice Award, Shadow of Scarlet, Sarah Kolver and Joshua Kibblewhite (University of Auckland). IYSFF NZ Regional Poster Competition, The Smile Shop.
View the top 4 movies here: https://vimeo.com/album/4868861