film contest success

Short film competition win

Huge congratulations to Year 10 students Ashok James, James Holton, and Eden Babbage have won the top prize in the Short Shorts, the Kaipatiki Public Arts Trust (KPAT) Student Film Competition.

Their film The Secret of the Beans won the Intermediate & Secondary Section of the contest.

You can watch their film here:


Judge Campbell Hegan said: ‘I thought this was a very slickly-produced film, and also laugh-out-loud funny.’ He also praised their ‘excellent use of sound effects and music’ and said the scripting, editing, and camerawork were of a very high quality. It was, overall, ‘outstandingly well done’.

Short Shorts creates a platform to promote the Kaipatiki community and young aspiring filmmakers. Primary, intermediate and secondary students are invited to submit short films of 3-5 minutes. This year students were asked to submit a film based on the theme ‘Secrets’.

Because of Covid 19 lockdown restrictions the planned awards presentation could not be held – so the finalists and winners were announced online. Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes once lockdown levels permit.



Intermediate & Secondary
Winner – Northcote College – The Secret of the Beans
Finalists – Birkdale Intermediate – Inside the Mind; Wairau Valley Special School – Kaipatiki Secret City

Winner – Northcote Primary – The Secret Backstory of Kaipatiki Bush
Finalists – Willow Park Primary – The Escape From The Perfect World; Northcote Primary – Skate Secret; Kauri Park Primary – The Secret Door.

The full online presentation, with judge Campbell Hegan giving his feedback on the finalist films is here: