Most Inspiring Story (Overall Winners)

2016 Overall Winner

Bonnie Howland by Mallika Worboys & Jess Baider (Wellington)
This short documentary film introduces Bonnie Howland, a young entrepreneur who is launching her socially conscious make-up company, Indigo and Iris.


2014 Overall Winner

Quinn’s Quest by Hunter Williams (Auckland)
Quinn Hautapu was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 7. Through her ambassadorship with The Child Cancer Foundation NZ, she is impacting the lives of thousands of people. This is Quinn’s Quest!


2012 Overall Winner

Continuity Error by James Pryor
Jordan believes we are caught in a vicious cycle of ecosystems that vanish through pollution, over population, and resource annihilation. He calls this a Continuity Error, and he’s looking for a way to change it.


2015 Overall Winner

Sehar’s Story by Michelle Vergel de Dios (Auckland)
The film explores Sehar’s difficult journey as a young migrant woman and how she managed to overcome those challenges by helping others who are facing the same ordeal.


2013 Overall Winner

Plastic Bottle Kayak Expedition by Seung-Woo Hong (Christchurch)
This beautiful film follows 25 young New Zealanders on the adventure of a lifetime – a 100km kayak expedition down Whanganui River on Kayaks they made out of plastic bottles.


2011 Overall Winner

Bella by Johanna Hertwich 
A short film from first-time filmmaker Johanna Hertwich – only 16 years old from Murchison. The film follows the true story of Bellah who having struggled through tough times is trying to turn her life around.