The Roxy5 Short Film Competition 2017 has just had it’s Before and After screening!

The winners from this year’s competition won the amazing opportunity to have their already brilliant original films re-made under the guidance of professional industry mentors and Capital E Digital Tutors.

Wellington High School and Ōtaki College made us so proud with their incredible films and their attitudes to the challenge. It was a fabulous night, with lots of proud kids, parents and mentors (including Oscar winners!) in attendance.

We asked some of the competitors about their inspirations and highlights, here’s what they had to say:

Three words to describe Roxy5?

“Fun, exhausting and exciting”

“Life changing!”

“Mean and rich”

“Hard, stressful, but really fun.”

What was your favourite thing about your Roxy5 journey?

“Getting told we made it into the finals, submitting on time, the moment we knew we were going to be remaking it, watching other entered films….”

“Meeting the cool people from Capital E!”

“The whole experience- it was such an out of it experience, coming from Ōtaki, we don’t get that stuff every day.”

“Getting to work with the professionals at Park Road Post Production for the sound engineering day.”

“Seeing the process of how things go… it’s definitely a mean experience.”

“Being able to get a lot more experience and know-how about how a real set works for a film, and just being with my friends and all the professionals and learning so much, that was pretty cool.”

“Re-making the film has been really cool, from beginning at pre-productions, to post-production, just everything. I learnt heaps.”

What was the most challenging experience?

“With the original film, the most challenging thing was getting the edit done in time!”

“When re-filming, day one at Zealandia, doing 18 takes of dialogue in the rain when it was only 3 degrees.”

“Being in a real fancy place.”

“Trying to keep up, it all happened so fast! Everything was quite intense.”

“Trying to help someone who couldn’t speak te reo Māori very well to get the pronunciation right. That was pretty hard.”

“Time management probably. I’m pretty bad at getting things in to deadlines. Writing the scripts and learning the Māori parts were quite challenging for me. But we overcame them, and it turned out to be a really good film hopefully!”

Any plans to go into the creative industry?

Andy: studying Creative Media Production at Massey

Michael: investigating camera operating internships and YouTube stardom!

Renée: I’m hoping to go into videography-journalism in the next few years.

Finn: Yeah definitely! A month ago, we actually won another competition called Bloodfest in Australia.

What would you say to students who were planning to enter the competition next year?

“Yeah, definitely do it! It’s the most fun experience, even if you don’t win, it’s a great experience to make and produce a short film.”

“Get more people involved to help out!”

“It’s definitely a good experience, you get to do things you next thought you would have.”

“Take every opportunity you can, you get offered to do so much, even if it doesn’t entirely interest you, just do it.”

“Make a film about something you’re passionate about or something that you are really in to. That’s what made our film get so far, just because we were all so passionate about what we wanted from this film and what we wanted to see out of this film. It will surely come out the best it can, because of the amount of passion you’re putting into it.”

“Get a good idea, don’t change it! That was a problem we had, we kept changing our ideas and we ran out of time”

And lastly, what’s your favourite movie of all time?


“Tiny Times 4” (A Chinese romantic drama)

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

“I have too many favourites- the worst is The Room.”