Theme 2015: NATIVE NOW!
THEME: NATIVE NOW!
KIA ORA KOUTOU KATOA!
THE OFFICIAL THEME OF WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2015 IS NATIVE NOW!
This is our landmark 10th year, and we are planning a future-focused event showcasing the best, the newest and the most innovative works of Maori, Polynesian and world indigenous screen art.
Our Call For Entries is now open. We are interested in works that are breaking the mould and shaping a new place within the 4th cinema and native screen realms. We want to see entries that have a transmedia showcase alongside a state-of-the-art screen work: be it short film, documentary, feature, documentary, experimental or media art. We want films that embrace the truth and beauty of Maori culture, in Te Reo Maori by Maori Directors and Maori Writers. Our people telling our stories to ourselves in our language.
We want to see works that are about native peoples living to their full potential imbued with deep authenticity, and will focus our curatorial process upon international entries by Native Origin Directors and Native Origin Writers.
We want to see Polynesian works from across the Pacific, in the spirit of Whanaungatanga and connectedness between the Children of Hawaiiki. Once again, we want these works to be written by Native Polynesians and directed by Native Polynesians.
Alongside a four day marae-based film festival, we will also host a one-day kai festival, and showcase NZ and Maori food over the weekend. Kiwiland Kai will be served as the best possible complement to Maori film and screen art, our first year of what is planned to become an annual event.
The work for a grand event at Wairoa 2015 has begun. Join us. Ancient Spirits Beckon. Your first step, is here.
Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
Wairoa Maori Film Festival - May 29 to June 2, 2015.
PRESS RELEASE 23 OCTOBER 2014: On November 1, Wairoa Maori Film Festival will take flight across the world with a selection of nine Maori-made and Maori-themed short films screening inflight on Air New Zealand. "Kia Ora Shorts is a new venture for the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and newly established Nuhaka Films," says Leo Koziol, Festival Director. "Discerning international travelers will be able to sample Maori culture in new contemporary short films, many of which screened at NZIFF Nga Whanaunga co-curated with Pollywood."
The selection of films screening inflight are:
- BUTTERFLY Director Renae Maihi
- HOME Director Apirana Ipo Te Maipi
- TOHUNGA Director Rebecca Collins
- AHI KA Director Richard Curtis
- IN THE RUBBISH TIN Director Riwia Brown
- MAUMAHARA Director Tamati Ihaka
- FOOTSTEPS Director Lennie Hill
- DOG ON DUTY Director Lennie Hill
- RISING DUST Director Jack Woon
"These films profile the cultural issues of Aotearoa as well as presenting the stunning beauty of places such as the Hokianga and Rotorua," says Mr. Koziol.
Along with 8 Maori-themed films, Lennie Hill's FOOTSTEPS is a Maori / Pasifika film, director of Maori descent filmed in the stunning beauty of the Cook Islands.
NZIFF Nga Whanaunga is presented annually at the New Zealand International Film Festival. In 2014, the programme was curated by Wairoa Maori Film Festival Director Leo Koziol with guest curator Craig Fasi of the Pollywood Film Festival.
These films all go inflight on Air New Zealand long haul flights on November 1 2014.
CALL FOR ENTRIES OPEN
FESTIVAL ENTRY FORM 2015 MS WORD
FESTIVAL ENTRY FORM 2015 PDF
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For now enjoy this, and if you live in Kiwiland - go out and buy your tickets!!!! #watchfilmslegallywhanau