Yamin Tun - One to Watch

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Yamin Tun accepts her NZs Best short film prize for NZs Best 2016Congratulations to WIFT member Yamin Tun who picked up the jury prize at the fifth annual New Zealand's Bestshort film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland last week.

The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2016 was awarded to Wait, directed and written by WIFT member Yamin Tun. The jury noted in their citation that they were particularly impressed with the film's authorial vision and use of visual language to carry the emotional story. Writer and Director Yamin Tun receives a cash prize of $5,000.

The Jury citation follows:

"We wanted to reward a film and filmmaker who has a clear voice, that managed to stay with us, producing a story that succeeded in mastering the short film form. We were particularly impressed with this film's authorial vision and use of visual language to carry the emotional story."

Wait was also selected as the recipient for Wallace Friends of the CivicAward. The finalists for this award were assessed by Sir James Wallace and Associate Producer/Director Grae Burton. Five of the six finalists were considered for the award.  The sixth finalist, The King was produced in association with the Wallace Arts Trust and therefore was not eligible for this award.

The Wallace Arts Trust citation follows:

"In selecting Wait as the recipient for the award all films were given careful consideration in the areas of cinematography, narrative construction, character development and performance, and overall direction of content.  It was considered that Wait, in its unique presentation format and bold choices overall was exceptional and we are pleased to present the award to Writer/Director Yamin Tum and Producers Vicky Pope and Daniel Higgins for their efforts."

The filmmaker receives a cash prize of $3,000 and is the recipient of the re-introduced Golden Elephant, formerly a tradition when receiving the Friends of the Civic Award at the Festival.



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Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Save the Children NZ are calling for volunteers to train as Child Friendly Spaces volunteers in the event of an National emergency.

Child-Friendly Spaces is Save the Children's emergency response programme that helps ensure children are safe and protected in evacuation centres where families congregate during disasters.

The training covers the purpose and objectives of CFS: psychosocial support to children and their family within a CFS; encouraging children to practise positive behaviour within a CFS; best practices on site selection, organisation and set-up of the space; and the monitoring and evaluation of CFS.

Training takes one day only (with half day refresher training courses every two years or as necessary).  If you agree, your name would be on a National Register and, in the event of an emergency, you may be called upon to assist.  However, you are under no obligation to do -it is on a voluntary basis and entirely dependent on your own circumstances at the time.

The next training course will be held in Auckland on the 27th August at the Red Cross Training Centre in Manurewa and another course will be held in Dunedin on the 17th September.  If you are interested and are willing and able to help, then please download the CFS Registration form at:


For Auckland training, please email to Jan.haynes@scnz.org.nz by Friday, 19th August; and for Dunedin training please email to Jessica.gray@scnz.org.nz by Friday 10th September.

Child-Friendly Spaces are a critical component in providing support to children and families in temporary locations following a disaster.  They provide a safe place where children can play, socialise, and express themselves under the supervision of caring, trained and background-checked adults.  The programme's structured, supervised activities offer comfort to children who are used to daily routines and help strengthen their resilience.  These spaces enable parents to have time to register for emergency assistance and to get some much-needed rest.  They also provide a forum for sharing valuable child safety and recovery information with families.