Hand-made Film festival well supported

A call for short films on the theme of “Ordinary Day” to the residents of Waiheke Island and Oshima Island in Japan resulted in a mini film festival simultaneously broadcast in both countries with a streaming link between the audiences.  


Shigeru Sugawara, mayor of Kesennuma City described the event as a wonderful opportunity to nourish the bonds of friendship already in place—a chance to learn from Kiwi culture and lifestyle with an eye on the problems his region faces.


The theme “Ordinary Day” allowed amateur and professional film makers on both islands to show one another a glimpse of their respective lifestyles, and ultimately to show how similar we all are despite the wide gulf in culture and situation. Playing to a full house at Waiheke’s Cinema complex last Sunday afternoon (midday at the Kesennuma venue), the festival unearthed a slew of talented film makers in both communities. 


Most movies showcased the natural beauty and uniqueness of the respective islands while making it clear how dependent island communities are on the sea. Oshima Island’s small economy is especially dependent on the benison of their local fisheries, highlighted by a charming film about oyster farming by Masaya Hatakeyama. In contrast to giant oysters, Matt Wilson’s muscular game fishing adventures might make you think seriously about swimming in Waiheke waters, knowing what’s out there with you. 


Standout local features included “My Life” by Eva Blok, A Waiheke High senior student and “Day in the Life” by Brook Bradley of Onehunga Primary School, both remarkably able storytellers with an eye for framing a scene. Other highlights included a quirky movie by Jo (Rout-Bowater), craftily outfitted with a camera for a dog’s eye view of the world; a trip to an ice factory in Kesennuma City by Okamoto Seihyou; and Aya McKenzie’s houseful of cats, eagerly anticipating her return from the daily commute to Auckland.



The full line-up of films can be viewed HERE

Eva Blok