Arboraceous, a short film made by 16-year old New Zealander Natasha Bishop, has been selected to screen at the prestigious Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, in Washington DC, USA.
Selected alongside films made by the BBC, Discovery Channel, France TV and other international broadcasters and film-makers, Arboraceous had its US premiere yesterday at the festival.
The four minute animation screened at Washington DC’s famous National Museum of Natural History, accompanying New Zealand feature documentary Antarctica: A Year On Ice. Each film was introduced by Anthony Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of New Zealand in the United States.
Entirely written, directed, animated and scored by Natasha, Arboraceous was made for The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people in 2012. It was named The Body Shop Standout Winner, which is the ultimate accolade of the film challenge.
Since winning the film challenge, Arboraceous has achieved unprecedented international success. In 2013 Natasha became the youngest ever film-maker to have a film nominated at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), the premier event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. At JWFF Arboraceous competed with films made by heavyweights like the BBC and NHK and won two awards – the Newcomer Award and the Animation Award.
A record 200 films from 38 countries have been selected for this year’s festival in Washington, with Arboraceous one of four New Zealand films among the selection. The New Zealand films are: Arboraceous, Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Beyond the Edge 3D, and the UK-New Zealand co-production Thin Ice.
Now 17, Natasha has just started her studies at Unitec, having received a one-year scholarship to study there as part of her prize package in The Outlook for Someday film challenge in 2012.
Watch Arboraceous here.
What is The Outlook for Someday?
Now in its 8th year, The Outlook for Someday is New Zealand’s sustainability film project for young people, and TEARAWAY is proud to sponsor it. It includes an annual film challenge and a national series of sustainability film-making workshops. Over 1,000 young people participated in the film challenge and workshops in 2013. This year, over 40 one-day workshops are planned throughout New Zealand.
The Outlook for Someday film challenge 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. The entry deadline in 2014 is 12 September.
At the end of the year The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony will take place for the fourth year running at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.