There have long been strong bonds between the indigenous peoples of Canada and New Zealand. This year, a delegation fo Maori film industry representatives has traveled to imagineNATIVE as part of the Maori focus programme of films, workshops and new media art.
Two Maori short film programmes have been curated by Kath Akuhata-Brown, feature films MT ZION (Tearepa Kahi, Quinton Hita) and FRESH MEAR (Briar Grace-Smith) are screening, two landmark archival works - MANA WAKA (Merata Mita) and THE NEGLECTED MIRACLE (Merata Mita) - are featured, and artist Lisa Reihana is exhibiting her video installation IN PURSUIT OF VENUS.
Day One commenced with a special traditional native ceremony at the Native Centre of the University of Toronto. The Maori delegation then had the opportunity to meet with the programmers and board members of imagineNATIVE, who wanted to learn about what drives the success of the Maori film industry, which is viewed as a world leader amongst indigenous peoples.
The official opening took place at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto:
A number of Maori short films screening at imagineNATIVE screened at the 2012 and 2013 Wairoa Maori Film Festival, including BUTTERFLY (Renae Maihi), SOUNDS PERFECT (Allan George), BABY STEPS (Mark Ruka), LAWNMOWER MEN OF KAPU (Libby Hakaraia) and NINE OF HEARTS (Briar Grace Smith).
Rounding out the New Zealand programme are two shorts produced by Maori producers Desray Armstrong and Chelsea Winstanley (MEATHEAD, NIGHT SHIFT, ELLEN IS LEAVING) SHOPPING by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (Samoan/Scottish), and MILK AND HONEY by Marina Alofagia McCartney (Samoan/English).
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Call For Entries will be launched for the Wairoa Maori Film Festival this weekend at imagineNATIVE. International film makers will be able to enter their films on Withoutabox or directly via our entriy form.
A number of international indigenous film works will also be recommended on to the New Zealand International Film Festival as part of our on-going relationship, including curation of the annual Maori / Pasifika programme "Nga Whanaunga."
SPOTLIGHT ON AUSTRALIA
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IN THE NEWS
Interview with Kath Akuhata-Brown in the Toronto newspaper, Globe and Mail.
First 3D Maori Kiwi animated film premieres at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Film Commission hoping for festival spin-offs.
Te Reo Maori feature film WHITE LIES is New Zealand's entry to the Academy Awards - Foreign language category.
Check out the winners of the Waiata Maori Music Awards and APRA Silver Scrolls.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."