Paekākāariki Lament Wins International Video Award

A Kāpiti-made musical lament about lost friendships has taken one of the top prizes at this weekend’s Australian Independent Music Video Awards.

“On your side”, taken from Paekākāariki’s Stefan Wolf’s 2014 album “Brandnew Life”, took out the “Best International Video Pacific” award at the ceremony held in Canberra last night.

The video was filmed in Paekākāariki by the One Shot Wonder video collective and features Indy and Nicky Giles. The video was shot on location in the streets of Paekākāariki, including Beach Road, and at the iconic Paekākāariki Railway Station. The set design for indoor shots was by local Jaimee Viner, making the production an all-Paekākāariki affair.

“We are absolutely stoked,” says Stefan. “We put a lot of love into our work so it feels great when people say ‘well done, this is good’. When this happens by an international jury at a globally recognised music event, that’s quite a big deal for us.”

Stefan wasn’t the only New Zealand prize winner, with Auckland’s King Kapisi also amongst the winners.

This year’s awards were highly contested, organisers say. “2015 has been the most competitive field of nominations ever and very hard on the judges who give their time in support of this wonderful niche of the music and film industries.” Entries came from all over the world, including the USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Korea and Egypt.

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