imagineNATIVE Celebrates Creative Natives
The festival celebrated its 15th birthday party in a huge Harry Potter-esque hall with A Tribe Called Red DJ Bear Witness spinning to an excited crowd.
Earlier in the evening, the awards had been presented including a very special award to Cannes-winner Warwick Thornton. Warwick received the Milestone Award, only the third recipient of this award in the festival's 15 years.
Click here for a full line up of the award winners.
MAORI LEADERSHIP IN HAWAII
The Media Makers conference also opened up the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) a glamorous festival focused on Asia-Pacific films, with a special European programme presented as a "Festival Within A Festival."
Of course, the film industry in Hawaii is working diligently to support and celebrate the creation of its own native stories. Last year's HIFF hits included KUMU HINA and THE HAUMANA, both of which played at Wairoa Maori Film Festival last year with film makers winging their way across the Pacific.
This year, Sundance Native Lab alums Christopher Kahunahuna and Ty Sang are presenting finished works, both with a Hawaiian-heart focus.
Christopher Kahunahuna's Lahaina Noon is an experimental art film with three short stories intertwined as the "high noon" Lahaina event occurs in Hawaii - when the sun is at it's apex and people walk without shadows.
Ty Sanga's closing night film is a feature doc, VISIONS IN THE DARK THE LIFE OF PINKY THOMPSON leading native politician who in his year's in Federal Government raised the level of awareness of indigenous rights and drove resources to programmes such as Hawaiian language programmes. Watch the Trailer.
Check out the trailer below. More updates soon from Hawaii!