Many of our students have won major awards and accolades for their films, writings, and exhibitions.
The Wild Wet
A film by Joshua Mayo and Moritz Katz
- Best Student Film at the 38th Wildlife Film Festival in Montana 2015.
- Environmental Film Festival Australia: People's Choice Best Short Film
- Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival: Best Independent Film
- Matsalu Nature Film Festival: Best Low Budget Film
- Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam: Best Non Professional Documentary
- Kiwi International Film Festival: Winner Documentary Short Film
Sirocco: How a dud became a stud
A film by Ashwika Kapur
- Best Newcomer at the Wild Screen Film Festival in Bristol 2014.
A film by Rachael Patching and Roland Kahurangi
- Received a special jury Mention at BANFF Mountain Film Festival in Canada
- Nominated for a New Comers Award at Wild Screen in Bristol.
- Nominated for a Short Film Award at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York.
A film by Daniel Hunter and James Muir
- Best NZ Film and Best Emerging Talent Awards at the 2011 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival Student Film. - Purchased for screening in Sweden and Germany.
- Nominated for the 2011 Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia.
- Young Australian Conservationist of the Year Award 2010
Love in Cold Blood
a film by our students Carla Braun-Ewert and Jane Adcroft:
- Was purchased for screening on Swedish and German TV.
- Mammoth Mountain Film Festival win for Best Direction
- Best Newcomer as well as Merit Awards for Narration and Script at the 34th International Wildlife Film Festival
In the Shadow of the Mountain
a film by our students Hugh Barnard and Max Segal,
- Best Direction at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival.
Our student, Simon Cherriman is Young Australian Conservationist of the Year for his film & work on wedge-tailed eagles.
A film by Edward Saltau and Iain Frengley
- Best Student Film, American Conservation Film Festival
- Winner at the at Telenatura 2010 film festival in Pamplona, Spain. The 24 minute film produced in 2009 won the Special Mention of the Jury Award for the Best Film produced by Students. It was selected among 107 productions from 22 countries in the Telenatura 2010 competition.
Two student films were shortlisted for the BBC Best Newcomer Award category in the prestigious 2010 Wildscreen film competition in Bristol. Love in Cold Blood by Jane Adcroft and Carla Braun-Elwert (winner of Best NZ Film at the Reel Earth Film Festival) and Carving the Future (winner of Platinum Best Film Award 2010 at Colorado International Film Festival) have both reached the BBC Awards Finalists. Jane and Guy travelled to Bristol to attend the awards ceremony.
Students Guy Ryan and Nick Holmes won the Platinum Best Film Award at the 2010 Colorado International Film Festival for the film from their MSciComm, Carving the Future.
Students Clean Up Awards at Environmental Film Festival
Love in Cold Blood the documentary made by our students Jane Adcroft and Carla Braun-Elwert at the 2010 Reel Earth Film Festival.picked up the following awards: Best New Zealand Film; Award for Best New Zealand Emerging Talent; Honorable Mention in the Award for Best Short Film. Another student, Adam Hermans picked up an Honorable Mention for his 5-minute film Vegetables from the Sea in the category for Best Ultra Short Film. Plus, Scott Mouat, a graduate of this course, picked up the awards for Best New Zealand Filmmaker and Best New Zealand Cinematography for his film The Unnatural History of the Kakapo.
Filmmaking student J. Ollie Luck’s film Platos Cave is the Grand Prize Winner of the ‘Show us your Pixels’ competition by CoreMelt.
Ollie’s 24-minute documentary won him the Grand Prize of the film competition, which included an eleven day Sumatran Orangutan Trek.
Student Film Selected for Canadian Film Festival
Hot on the heels of all the other awards it has been collecting, A Moment of Clarity, the film by Sarah Cowhey and Louise Davidson was selected for screening in the 9th Annual Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival, which took place October 22nd-26th 2008 in Toronto.
Student Film Finalist at WildScreen in Bristol - Again!
WildScreen is arguably the biggest wildlife and natural history documentary festival in the world. Held in Bristol, England, every two years, it is incredible to think that this festival has become a prestigious showcase for what is essentially our student’s homework: their films produced as part of the course work for our Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. In 2006, one of of student films won the Newcomers Award at WildScreen, and now for WildScreen 2008, A Moment of Clarity (by Louise Davidson and Sarah Cowhey from the Class of 06/07) has been selected for a Special Screening.
A Moment of Clarity (by Louise Davidson and Sarah Cowhey from the Class of 06/07) was selected for the SCINEMA 2008 Festival of Science Film in Australia. As part of the travelling film festival, it was screened in 90 cities around Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Calici by Claudia Babirat, our first MSciComm graduate, was selected for the 2007 Documentary New Zealand Festival, as well as being selected for the WildSouth International Film Festival 2007.
Longfin, the film by Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra (Class of 2005/06) was selected as one of three finalists in the Marion Zunz Best Newcomer Award at the 2007 Jackson Hole International Wildlife Film Festival. This is the biggest festival on the calendar in North America and it is the second time one of our student films has been a finalist for the newcomer award (“Under their Skin” by Will Clark and Melissa Pentecost was a finalist in 2005 – the festival being held every two years).
Student Films Finalists in DOCNZ 2007
Prints of Darkness by Mark Orton and Pip Walls (Class of 2006/07) as well as Calici: a rural conspiracy by Claudia Babirat (MSciComm) were both selected as Finalists in DOCNZ 2007 – the international documentary film festival that tours New Zealand.
Katie McSweeney (Class of 2006/07) won the Best New Zealand Documentary at the 2007 Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival for her film Bluffed while Sarah Cowhey and Louise Davidson (Class of 2006/07) claimed the second prize for A Moment of Clarity.Mad Mac a Winner
Kate Bradbury and Bill Morris (Class of 2005/06) take out the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival for their intriguing tale, Mad Mac and the Flat Ugly Snail.
Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra (Class of 2005/06) win the Best Short Film at the 5th Anniversary Explorers' Club Documentary Film Festival in New York.
WildScreen: BBC Newcomer Award for Students
Brant Backlund and Thassilo Franke (Class of 2004/05) win the ultra prestigious BBC Best Newcomer Award at WildScreen 2006 for Exhuming Adams. This is as good as it gets!
Best Documentary Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival
Kate Bradbury and Bill Morris (Class of 2005/06) win the Best Documentary at the 2006 Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival in California for Mad Mac and the Flat Ugly Snail.
Five Student Films selected for Environmental Film Festival
Four films from the Class of 2005/06 (Fledging Expectations, Longfin, Mad Mac and the Flat Ugly Snail, and Titans of the Coral Sea), plus one from the Class of 2004/05 (Under their Skin) were selected for the Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival in Palmerston North, 14-17th September 2006. All reports suggest that they were the "highlights" of the festival.
Five Films in Documentary New Zealand Film Festival
Four films from the Class of 2005/06 (Longfin, Plunge of the Penguins, Titans of the Coral Sea and Tui Tuia) plus one from the Class of 2003/04 (Lord of the Ringlets) were selected for the Documentary New Zealand Film Festival, playing at major centres throughout New Zealand.
Best Newcomer Award for Longfin in Montana
Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra (Class of 2005/06) win the Best Newcomer Award at the 3rd Annual Montana CINE International Film Festival for their film Longfin. They also picked up a Merit Award for Innovative Approach to Wildlife Filmmaking at the same festival. The film is about the fantastic, almost unbelievable, migration of a long-finned eel.
Brant Buckland and Thassilo Franke (Class of 2004/05) win at Missoula Exhuming Adams, a film about New Zealand's extinct mistletoe by Brant Buckland and Thassilo Franke from the Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking & Communication (Class of 2004/05) won the awards for Best Scientific Content and Best Amateur Film at the 29th International Wildlife Film Festival held in Missoula, Montana in May 2006.
Will Clark and Melissa Pentecost (Class of 2004/05) Finalists at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Under Their Skin, the film on possums by Will Clark and Melissa Pentecost from the Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking & Communication (Class of 2004/05) was a Finalist for the Marion Zunz Newcomer Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2005. Selected from a record number of entries, Will and Melissa's film was up against two others for this highly prestigious award (the Jackson Hole festival is one of the two major wildlife film festivals in the world).
Wiebke Finkler and Sina Walker's (Class of 2003/04) film in New Zealand Film Festival Singing Wood, the film about a guitar maker by Wiebke Finkler and Sina Walker (Class of 2003/04) was selected as part of the New Zealand Film Festival and was screened in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland to rave reviews.
Two Films from Class of 2004/05 selected for Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival Congratulations were due to Scott Mouat (Quest for the Grey Ghost) and Tamsin Chance & Chris Taine ("Building without Blueprints) for having their films selected to screen as part of the inaugural Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival in Palmerston North in 2005. They were said to be the "highlights of the festival".
Claudia Babirat and Ruth Barton (Class 2003/04) Win At the inaugural WildSouth International Film Festival, held in Wanaka, New Zealand, from 25 - 29 April 2005, Claudia and Ruth's film Porker Stalker won the Apple Computer Best Newcomer Film Award and was a Finalist in the National Geographic Best People and Place Film Award.
Lucy Berkinshaw and Kelly Freemantle (Class of 2002) find Perfection Lucy and Kelly's film, Chasing Perfection, about the growing of pinot noir in Central Otago was so good that NHNZ markets and distributes the film.
Alex Sides, a 2nd-year writing student, won 2nd Prize ($2000 + $300 books) in the 2010 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition with 2500 entries.
Blair Granville, one of our writing students, was shortlisted for the 2010 RSNZ Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing
Aneeta Chana (Class of 2005/06) had her article, written as part of our SCOM 403 paper, published as an online feature in Cosmos Magazine. She's in good company: Tim Flannery,
Buzz Aldrin and the like. Congratulations Aneeta!
Bill Morris (Class of 2005/06) has also had his SCOM 403 article published as an online feature in Cosmos, and just look at the company he is keeping: Tim Flannery, Buzz Aldrin and Aneeta Chana! Well done Bill!
Billy Lobban, a graduate of our MSciComm programme, had some of his photos that formed an exhibition as part of his thesis published in the NZ Geographic.
Amanda Roger won the SPREP (South Pacific Regional Environmental Program) 2009 Photo Competition in the Biodiversity category for a photograph of a Pacific Boa in Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, Suva, Fiji.
Tom McFadden won third prize in Comvita's 2011 Science Challenge Video competition. Tom dressed in a bee suit and rapped a song he wrote called ‘Hip-Hop-A-Propolis’.