HIONA HENARE LANDS AT BERLINALE
Hiona Henare hails from "The Nua" - Horowhenua/Levin - and is of Ngati Mauaupoko, Ngati Raukawa and Ngapuhi descent. Hiona's film URU won the Audience Award at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in 2010, and and her film script RABBIT was highly commended at the NZFC-sponsored Pikihuia Awards in 2013.
"After many years in the industry helping others to chase their dreams I am finally bringing my own dreams into the light. What I’ve discovered about myself as a Director/Screenwriter & Producer, is a desire to make films that celebrate a contemporary cinematic femininity. Innovation is vital to my process I don't want to be restricted by technical boundaries I want freedom to take risks... to play organically with natural light and sound, accidental moments, shooting from the hip... spending time on films, not necessarily money."
- Hiona Henare, Berlinale Talents 2014
As well as developing her film project in Berlin, Hiona will work on behalf of the Wairoa Film Festival at the European Film Market to strengthen relations with international native filmmakers.
Hiona Henare is attending Berlinale with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.
MAORILAND NATIVE PEOPLES GLOBAL FILMS
The festival is the creative vision of television producer and film director Libby Hakaraia. Her film "Lawnmower Men of Kapu" won the Aotearoa Short Film - Audience Award at Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2012.
Libby Hakaraia's vision for Maoriland is spurred on by the "resonance of bringing films back to small communities like Otaki that often get missed out by the big film festivals that go to all the main centres" (Waatea News).
Libby Hakaraia says the Maoriland Film Festival will "complement the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, and it could become part of an international circuit of indigenous film festivals."
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival applauds the launch of Maoriland, with Otaki joining communities like Hokianga, Parihaka, Ruatoki, Waiheke and Nuhaka/Wairoa on a national circuit of Maori film festivals - past, present and future.
PA BOYS TAKES OFF IN KIWILAND
The World Premiere took place at Poho-O-Rawiri Marae in Gisborne, thanks to the enthusiastic "crowd-mobbing" of Te Hamua Nikora.
Nothing but positive reviews on TVNZ, NZ Herald, Gisborne Herald, TV3.
The soundtrack has already topped the iTunes charts.
Go see it cuzzies!
FIFO TAHITI: This fabulous film festival of Oceania documentary also includes short films and a "Oceania Pitch" competition. Good thing, too, because both prizes went to NZ-based film makers!
Congratulations! BEST SHORT FILM to I’M GOING TO MUM’S directed by Lauren Jackson and produced by Andrew Cochrane & Jeremy Macey, that wins a prize of 100 000 XPF.
Congratulations! PITCH PRIZE to NIKKI SI’ULEPA, for her project TAKU IPUKAREA, that wins a price of 120 000 XPF.
For the full list of winners, go to the FIFO WEBSITE.
AACTA AWARDS AUSTRALIA: Deadly! Our Aussie indigenous mates took out Best Drama - Television at the AACTA Australia film and television awards for REDFERN NOW (Season Two) directed by Darren Dale and Miranda Dear.
New Zealand's own TOP OF THE LAKE took out Best Mini-Series or Tele-Feature.
Full list of awards here.
WIFT WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS NEW ZEALAND: After a couple of year's break, WIFT NZ is relaunching the WIFT Awards:
"2014 marks an impressive 10 years since the inception of the Women in Film and Television Awards. After a 3 year hiatus, we're back honouring success within our industry since 2010.
We are also giving a special acknowledgement to the past 3 winners of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival's recipients of the WIFT Mana Wahine Award - Keri Kaa, Ella Henry and Katie Wolfe." - WIFT website
Also to be presented on the night will be the Te Puni Kōkiri Te Reo Maori Champion Award.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."