The HP48Hours competition, where 558 teams from across the country made a short film within a weekend, has its champion for 2018.
PepTok, a technological thriller by Chillybox, was crowned this year’s champion along with Tom Sainsbury for Best Director and Kate Simmonds for Best Performer.
Aidee Walker, a Grand Final judge, called it a “super tidy, gorgeously well shot, compact, beautifully acted, stylised film.”
This is the second Grand Final win for Chillybox, who took home the gold in 2016 with their time-travel film (Time) Travel Centre. Check out this year’s winner below:
Teams were assigned their own genre and had to incorporate a puddle, a door slam, and a silhouette/shadow in their film. Veterans who took up the ‘Ultra’ challenge had to make their main character(s) either an animal or a child.
You can watch other Grand Finalists over at the HP48Hours screening room.
Full list of winners:
Grand National Champion: PepTok by Chillybox (Auckland)
Grand National Runner-up: Hero by Blood and Bone (Christchurch)
Grand National 2nd Runner-up: Red Touch Yellow by PickleThugs (Auckland)
Ant Timpson’s Best Solo/Duo Award: Squint Eastwood (London/Wellington) – ZĀ by Sam Harris featuring Arjun Hazard
Best Ultra: Temple of Nut (Wellington) – Master by Dean Hewison & Richard Falkner
The Gaylene Preston and WIFT Best Female Director Award: Tinker Tailor (Bay of Plenty) – Manawa Bay by Alison Titulaer
Best Director: Chillybox (Auckland) – PepTok by Thomas Sainsbury
Best School Team: Wellington High Year 12 (Wellington) – Slept in
Best Performer: Chillybox (Auckland) – Kate Simmonds for PepTok
Best Script: Temple of Nut (Wellington) – Dean Hewison & Richard Falkner for Master
Best Cinematography: R&R (Auckland) – Daniela Conforte for Marks
Best Production Design: Super Furious Ninja Dragon (Dunedin) – Steve Woller for Office Fighter
Best Animation/VFX: I Love Loops (Auckland) – Recess(es)
Best Editing: Temple of Nut (Wellington) – Dean Hewison for Master
Best Sound Design: Super Furious Ninja Dragon (Dunedin) – Nick McGrath for Office Fighter
Best Original Score/Song: Through the Lens Films (Taranaki) – Hannah Collinson & Melanie Bishop for The story of a decade
Best Use Of Puddle: Raw Washed Arabica (Wellington) – Compress (ETHAN!)
Best Use Of Door Slam: Kratos (Gisborne) – The Great Great Mistake
Best Use Of Shadow or Silhouette: Cinetrance (Wellington) – Glitch
Best Use Of Genre: Watson and Cricket Productions (Dunedin) – Lizard Does Earth (Monster Movie)
And here are some non-finalists from the screening room that we’re personal fans of:
My Boo by I thought this was speeddating (Christchurch)
THAT THING by Squidwig 2: Electric Boogaloo (Auckland)
For Name’s Sake by LUNCH CLUB (Auckland)