The world’s first InstaFilm Festival held its grand finale event on board Australia’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas. The InstaFilm competition asked Australians and New Zealanders to submit a 15-second video of “WOW” moments from their life. From 1,080 entries featuring a wealth of thrilling, amusing and beautiful footage from around the world, there were 12 finalists.
The finalists, their friends, select Royal Caribbean staff and invited guests were invited to the ice-rink foyer where we were entertained by the DreamWorks Pictures characters Shrek from films of the same name, Puss in Boots from the film of the same name and Shrek, and King Julien from Madagascar, whilst sipping away on St. Martin Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Duc Devalmer sparkling, and enjoying canapés of grilled sesame prawns, sweet & sour chicken meatballs, miniature quiches, pot stickers, cocktail prawns in French cocktail sauce, duck terrine with Cumberland Mousseline, smoked salmon & caper tartare, tomato & mozzarella crostini, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
The movie-themed event gave us the “wow” with a tour of the ships arcade and a surprise ice-skating show by former national champions and Winter Olympic figure skaters on the ship’s famous ice-rink. We then got to see the finalist’s films on the screen in the ice-rink before the winner was announced. It was the surprise of a child seeing Santa Claus for the first time that captured judges hearts.
The winner Kristy Rowe won a “money-can’t-buy” trip to New York where she will enjoy one of the historic inaugural voyages on the world’s newest superliner Quantum of the Seas which will be launched in November.