Film Raro looks for local movie stars


Ever fancied seeing yourself on the silver screen? Film Raro is now searching for talent for its short films.<!--more-->

Six teams of four have been selected to take part in the inaugural festival – from as far away as London, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. The teams were selected from hundreds of applicants and have all had films shown at film festivals around the world.

PT&amp;I’s Auckland offices have helped promote the Film Raro concept by funding the competition website, through which expression of interest from filmmakers from all over the world were received.

<a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-4802 alignleft" alt="rsz_film" src="" width="300" height="200" /></a>The teams will work with local casts with help from the 40 trainee film producers on a film course. Film Raro executive producer and founder Stan Wolfgramm reports the film course is well on track – participants have been attending three evenings a week for a month now.

“It’s been heavy going reading and breaking down scripts but that is the essence of the course.  It’s about what it takes to be a filmmaker, which means understanding all the planning and paperwork.

“That knowledge is the foundation to the success or failure of any filmmaker. An architect needs plans before they can build and so do filmmakers.”

Wolfgramm says the team has now laid good plans and is ready to bring the pieces together. It is time for auditions for the casting of the short films, all between eight and 15 minutes in length.

Film Raro is looking for talent of all ages – and everyone who comes to the casting call gets a free ticket to the Film Raro International Film Festival on May 25 at the BCI Stadium.

Part of the reason Wolfgramm set up Film Raro was to develop a film industry in the Cook Islands, which will support New Zealand with tropical locations. It was also to teach Cook Islanders the skills to tell the country’s tales. If you think you have what it takes to be a star call +682 72177 for more information.