Local’s short film wins awards

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The Froggie Whoosh crew won six awards at an international film festival. From left to right, Dallas Tusi Tipau, Greg Capper, Richard Kamariera Whare, MJ Vries, Mukhtiar Singh, Kam Sharma, Harry Hundal and Shreyas Beltangdy. Photo supplied

A Howick filmmaker and his company have won six awards at an international film festival.

Five Continents International Film Festival is an online festival with live screening of the winning films where feature films, short films, video clips, web series and video arts from all over the world come together to compete for various prizes.

Founder and creative director of film and digital video production studio Wow Now Productions Howick-based Kam Sharma and his crew won Best Short Thriller Film award for their short film Froggie Whoosh.

The film is written, conceived and director by Sharma under the banner of Wow Now Productions and co-produced by Greenwall Productions.

It’s a psychological action thriller based on and exploring how childhood trauma and violence can affect the socio-psychological behaviour of a human being. It was shot in Auckland with local artists.

Froggie Whoosh also won awards for direction, lead actor (Mukhtiar Singh), best editing, cinematography and sound design.

“We endeavour to promote local talent and the film industry and make it as competent as the global film industry,” Wow Now Productions says.

“Filming in New Zealand has been a very tough, challenging and very costly job. But we have been persisting in making a mark for five years and have weathered all tough times, including lockdowns that almost killed many businesses like ours.”