PROGRAMME LAUNCHED OF 2014 FESTIVAL
The festival is held in Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, which features in the 1955 epic film Broken Barrier by John O'Shea. Guests can stay on the marae (its included in your $100 festival pass) or at the nearby Morere Hot Springs, only a five minute drive away! 50 films, 16 screenings, guests from Poland, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti and Australia. Join Us!
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is the premiere Maori and indigenous film festival of Aotearoa. This year our programme is better than ever. We've worked alongside the New Zealand International Film Festival to present a special preview of The Darkside by Warwick Thornton, as well as three programmes of brand new Maori short films.
We have guests from Hawaii to present Kumu Hina and The Haumana, special screenings of NZ features The Pa Boys, Fantail and White Lies, and presentation of the WIFT Mana Wahine Award at our Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday night.
The New Zealand Film Commission continues its auspicious sponsorship of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, and our programming partners now include imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival (Toronto), Tropfest New Zealand, Te Nati Film Festival Tahiti and the South Seas Film & Television School.
This year looks better than ever. Three of the new Maori short films will have just screened at Cannes Short Film Corner. If you're an up and coming film maker, interested in making your own film, or simply a mad film fan, then Kahungunu Marae Nuhaka (and the nearby Morere Hot Pools!) is the place to be this Queen's Birthday Weekend!
TE NATI HAWAIIKI HOU SHORT FILM PRIZE
We have worked with young emerging film makers in Tahiti French Polynesia, lead by Tiairani Drollet-Le Caill, to establish a cultural exchange in film between Maori (Native New Zealand) and Maohi (Native Tahitian) film makers.
Each year, six short films will be selected by each festival to screen at their festival partner. This year, the Wairoa Maori Film Festival worked with the Association of the Te Nati Film Festival to select six Maori short films that will screen in Te Nati in April 2014. The following six films to screen in Tahiti are:
THE RANGIMOEKAUS 5 MIN
HOME (AUSTRALIA) 15 MIN
TOHUNGA 8 MIN
RISING DUST 15 MIN
AHI KAA 14 MIN CANNES
INC'D 16 MIN
Our kind thanks to the directors and producers of the above six films who have agreed to their films screening in Tahiti, and with one to receive a PREMIERE PRIZE, the TE NATI "HAWAIIKI HOU" SHORT FILM PRIZE, comprising:
- 1 x International Airfare from Auckland to Papeete to attend the TE NATI FILM FESTIVAL 2015
- Accommodation and meals for 1 person for the duration of their stay in French Polynesia
- Attendance of guest film maker to TE NATI FILM FESTIVAL 2015 at @ Le Musee de Tahiti et des Iles
Punaauia, Tahiti, French Polynesia.
The TE NATI "HAWAIIKI HOU" SHORT FILM PRIZE will be presented by Tiairani Drollet-Le Caill and Lennie Hill, Executive members of Te Nati Film Festival, at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival later this month.