Home Grown Talent Takes International Film Award11th December 2013     By: Panasonic Media

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 finalists.

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 appreciating the 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 12. 

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 story.

Keep an eye on this space for updates on this year's KWN contest.

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