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Fortnight long film challenge starts today

Submitted by on February 18, 2013 – 2:37 pm

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18 February 2013

Fortnight long film challenge starts today

Young filmmakers stepping up to the challenge to create a three-minute video on Auckland’s future can now get filming, with the competition officially open and questions live at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/unitaryplan

Anyone aged 25 or under can enter the two-week competition, which runs from today through to the 4 March. With $6,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, creating something great could certainly pay off.

Keeping in mind that Auckland is set to grow from 1.5m to 2.5m people in 30 years, future film buffs are being asked to answer one of the below questions:

Q1: What do you want Auckland to be like in 30 years?

Q2: What makes Auckland special and how do we protect it as we grow?

Q3: How can we make sure that having more people makes Auckland a more exciting place to live?

Councillor Michael Goudie says he is looking forward to seeing the ideas and solutions Auckland’s young people come up with.

“Young Aucklanders have hundreds of great ideas and opinions on the future of our city. Those ideas need to be heard by more people than just their mates.

“Some people will probably use the whole two weeks and make something super slick, others will be done in a couple of hours. As long as you answer one of the questions and keep your video to three minutes or under, you will be in the running for some pretty awesome prizes,” said Councillor Goudie.

A youth judging panel will choose the top three entries. These will be posted on Auckland Council’s YouTube channel on 15 March, to help launch the public engagement period for the draft Auckland Unitary Plan – the rulebook that will shape the way Auckland grows.

The video with the most likes on 31 May, when the feedback period ends, wins a $3,000 Prezzy Card. Second place will receive a $2,000 Prezzy Card and third place a $1,000 Prezzy Card.

The video challenge aims to encourage more young people to share their ideas about Auckland’s future, to get talking with each other and to have their say on the draft Auckland Unitary Plan.


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