Arboraceous, a short film by 16-year old Kiwi Natasha Bishop, premiered this week at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC alongside films made by the BBC and Discovery Channel.
The four minute animation was picked to screen alongside the feature documentary Antarctica: A Year On Ice. Two other New Zealand films were shown as well - Beyond the Edge 3D, and UK-NZ coproduction Thin Ice.
Written, directed, animated and scored by Bishop, Arboraceous was made for The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people in 2012, which it won. Since then Bishop has gone on to become the youngest ever filmmaker to have a film nominated at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, where it won the Newcomer Award and Animation Award.