Tauranga Girls' College students travel to Portland, Oregon

Two aspiring filmmakers saw their hard work come to life at the International Youth Silent Film Festival.

After being awarded second place at the New Zealand Regional International Youth Silent Film Festival, two Tauranga Girls' College students had a chance to compete for the big prize at the International Youth Silent Film Award Week in Portland, Oregon. The aspiring filmmakers saw their film 'The Other Side of the Mirror' come to life in front of an international audience at the Hollywood Theatre, and walked proudly among the other talented filmmakers in the Rose Festival Parade.

While in the United States the students also visited the Michael Curry Design Studio, and explored the Columbia River Gorge. The highlight of the trip was meeting Steve Oster, a film producer who spoke about his career journey and the way technological advances have shaped the film industry. With both students wanting to pursue a career in the film industry, this experience gave them real insight into the exciting possibilities ahead and some tips to consider along the way.

"Amazing opportunity, thank you! The filmmakers can now see that having a career in film is possible and it has motivated them to follow their dreams and do what they love." - Megan Johnston, HOD Visual Art Department Tauranga Girls' College