Springfield School students proudly display their winning certificate presented to them by Selwyn District councillor John Morten at rear . Photo by Errol Wood

Film awards winners announced

by Kent Caddick

Springfield School has taken out the highly contested primary school category in the annual Environmental Film Awards.

Overall 19 films were submitted for this year’s Environmental Film competition run by Lincoln Envirotown Trust (LET).

“This marked a substantial increase over previous years, and it is to be hoped that it is indicative of people’s concerns about our environment and a willingness to articulate these,” LET project manager, Dave Fitzjohn said.

The Primary Age Category, which had the largest number of entrants was won by Springfield School.

“The students detailed their amazing efforts to plant natives at their school, including a request to the local fire brigade to come and water them,” Mr Fitzjohn said.

“They also offered good sound advice, encouraging all of us to become involved in such activities.”

He said a particularly pleasing feature of entries this year was that there were no less than five independent entries by adult producers alongside the assorted school age group and individual entries.

“As the acting mayor of Selwyn, Councillor John Morten pointed out at the awards evening, the number of varied entries greatly enhanced the contest, but left the judges with a very difficult task indeed.”

All the films were viewed at the awards evening, and all producers and actors received recognition for their work.

Kidsfirst Lincoln won the preschool age category by filming all the work they were doing to keep the Liffey River clean enough for eels.

The adult producer, Monika Rastoggi, won her category with an instructional film on how simple everyday routines can be adapted to enjoy more sustainable living.

Lincoln High School students Lexi Richards and Libby Duncan won the overall Kea Trophy for their humorous instructional film on how to create beeswax wraps for use in place of cling film.

“Lincoln Envirotown would like to thank Rolleston Square, Enviro-Mark Solutions, the Warehouse Rolleston and the Creative Communities Fund for their generous sponsorship of this event,” Mr Fitzjohn said.