Wanaka's own Daisy Thor-Poet was named winner of an
international film award last week (December 5) in France.
The 15-year-old student from Mt. Aspiring College produced the
chosen film titled "Forever Emily" and triumphed over 650 entries
from 29 countries.
The film tells the story of grief over a lost loved one,
inspired by observations of her family going through a similar
experience and told from the perspective of a teenager.
Daisy accepted the Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN)
International Film Festival Award at the UNESCO building in Paris
where she spent the week sightseeing and exploring with other
She was accompanied by her sister and classmate who both starred
in the film, a teacher from Mt. Aspiring College and her host from
Panasonic, the programme's sponsor.
KWN was established 24 years ago as part of a relationship
between Panasonic and UNESCO with the goal of investing in Next
Generation Education worldwide.
The students are encouraged to explore areas of human
communication and environmental concerns, and develop their
curiosity, communication and teamwork skills by creating short
films about the aforementioned topics.
Daisy came up with the idea herself, planned, filmed and edited
all on her own over 14 weekends and 60 hours. Normally a group
project, the solo effort to create the movie is a testament to the
talented teenager's dedication to film making.
After winning national and regional competitions, her entry was
shortlisted among the top six in the global competition and
was up against schools from China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia,
Philippines and Russia at the final stage.
The aspiring director was elated to win the award and her
outstanding achievement has been recognised by national media
outlets around New Zealand.
Miss Thor-Poet has been involved in the competition since 2010
and her work includes "Giving Back" a film about respecting and
environment we live in and "The Invitation" a film about the quest
to find new friendship got her to the global finals, she flew to
Vietnam last year as a finalist.
She is also a finalist for her most recent film "Searching for
Summer", a short film about finding your identity and place in the
world and she will be travelling to Bangkok in January next year to
represent her video in the regional judging prior to starting Year
This is a great result for Daisy, and also for New Zealand,
showing again we can punch well above our weight!
Watch the film that won her this prestigious award and
visit the Panasonic
New Zealand YouTube channel to see more media coverage of the
Keep an eye on this space for updates on this year's KWN