ACG Yoobee graduate Hannah Taylor has taken out the top gong at Tropfest, New Zealand’s short film festival, which was held at New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday.

As well as winning best overall film, Hannah walked away with $10,000 in prize money and a five-day film immersion trip to LA. Her film – Back o’ the Bus – is based on her family’s experiences of racism, and was shot when she visited her dying grandfather in America last year.

Hannah studied iCreate and Web Development at ACG Yoobee Auckland in 2007. Hers was one of 16 short films to be picked for this year’s festival. Also amongst them was a film by Diploma in Advanced 3D Graphics tutor Kennedy Faimanifo. Papa Taniwha tells the story of a city boy who experiences the spirits within his grandfather’s Marae carvings.

Kennedy picked up Best Animated Film for his work along with $2500 in prize money. Papa Taniwha was directed by Kennedy, and became a labour of love for he and his Advanced 3D Graphics students, who spent 15 weeks working on it. Last year the Advanced 3D Graphics class worked on a film called Egg - a story about a crazy zombie rabbit. Directed by student Steven McNicholl, with Kennedy as a producer, it took out Best Animated Film at Tropfest 2015.

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