Sony announces winners of first Sony Film Festival

Aaron Carrol, Tania Verbeeck and Peter Tautua took top prizes in all three categories at the inaugural Sony Film Festival for Australian and New Zealand filmmakers.

Winners of the Sony Film Festival 2021, “Dearest Madeline” by Peter Tautua, “While the Cat’s Away…” by Aaron Carroll and “Women Take on Nepal” by Tania Verbeeck. (Source: Sony.)

The winning entries were chosen from over 130 entries by the judges, Peter James, ACS, ASC (Non-Fiction category), Sony Music Australia (Music category) and internationally acclaimed director Will Gluck (Fiction category). Winner of the Video Clip category, Dear Madeline by Peter Tautua uses a song written by musical artist Pika Ocho and tells the story of his mother, Sina, a migrant from Samoa who settled in Auckland, New Zealand, to start a new life for her two son and her husband. Aaron Carroll won the Fiction category with While the cat is gone …, the story of a woman who tries to fill the time while waiting for her lover to come home. The Non-fiction category was won by Tania Verbeeck, whose film Women face Nepal covers the trip of three strong and resilient young women who fought the chances of being a woman in Nepal through their determination to empower other Nepalese women through trekking in the Himalayas, which is frowned upon by the community Nepalese trekking.

Contest winners and finalists can be viewed here.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite film in each category. Three lucky voters will have the opportunity to WIN a pair of Sony noise canceling headphones (RRP value of $ 619.95) and help to award the Audience Prize to three films. For more information, click here.

Gerald R. Schneider

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