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The deadline is the 24th March. No further submissions will be accepted after this date.

Project Overview

Eight experienced film teams from around the world have been invited to Rarotonga as part of the FilmRaro challenge to shoot a short film so that we may share our knowledge and experience in filmmaking with the local people. In the long term this will enable the people of Rarotonga to make their own films so that their unique voices, stories, and culture can be showcased around the world. Everyone is offering their time and expertise for free.

The short film will be shot and finished over two weeks in May

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The film is about a young boy, Toby, who arrives on Rarotonga with his mother and her fiancée. The couple have come to the island to get married, but Toby’s against it. While still coming to terms with his own father’s death, Toby desperately wants to fly home by any means possible. He steals the wedding rings hoping to sell them to pay for his travel. During his escape he meets an old Rarotongan fisherman, Hahona, who shows Toby that telling the truth can reap rewards far beyond what you’d expected.


Toby is head strong boy whose father recently died. He is very close to his mother and sees this new man as a threat to their close relationship. He still hasn't fully grieved for his father and is unwilling to accept the intrusion. He is resourceful but like all kids acts on impulse and emotion so his plan to escape isn't well thought through.


Must be available from the 14th of May to the 26th of May 2013. If you aren't available during these times please do not apply.

Shooting Location

You must have a passport and be ready to fly to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands on 14th of May and return on the 26th of May.

Age Range

Actors need to be aged between 8 and 14 years old.


We will cover the cost of a return economy airfare from either Australia or New Zealand to Rarotonga. We will also cover accomodation.

As this film is part of a charity to help teach the local people how to make film none of the cast and crew are being paid.

The flights and accomodation are for the boy only. All additional family and/or guardians must cover their own travel and accomodation.


Auditions are to be completed via the internet.

  1. Download the Audition Text and learn it. Click here for the Audition Text
  2. Film your audition using a digital camcorder.
  3. Upload your filmed audition to the interent. Suggested upload video sites include YouTube or Vimeo.
  4. Send the link to your audition video along with your contact details to