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WHAIA ITI KAHURANGI ~
AOTEAROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH
IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
This is the launch event for an annual Maori film festival to take place across three states of Australia starting in 2014. The festival will occur each year during Matariki celebrations.
We kick off with a night of short films, and in 2014 it is hoped to add workshops, hui, training sessions, film maker discussions and further film screenings.
Wairoa Maori Film Festival &
Sydney Maori Business Network
Presents WHAIA ITI KAHURANGI
Aotearoa Maori Film Festival Launch
An Evening of Maori Short Films
Saturday September 28 2013
8 pm Chauvel Cinema,
Paddington, SYDNEY NSW
Wairoa Maori Film Festival ~
Taking Wairoa to the World
A selection of Maori films curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, representing the pinnacle of Maori storytelling by Maori film makers in Aotearoa today.
Five of these films were curated by Wairoa Maori Film Festival for the “Nga Whanaunga” programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2012, following which the programme travelled to the Sami Film Festival in Skabmagovat, Finland, Islands in the World Film Festival in Fiji, and the “Best of Wairoa Maori Film Festival” event in Hamburg.
NZ 2010 Director/Screenplay: Hiona Henare (Ngati Mauaupoko) 15 min / Produced by Hiona Henare & Ngawaeroa Maniapoto Starring Noa Campbell and Shannon Claire
Uru tells the story of a disenchanted woman who turns from her Maori ancestry to embrace a new way of life with the European settlers. The film is based on a speech made by Akenehi Tomoana, a highly respected woman from the East Coast of New Zealand, who’s speech influenced a whole community of tribal women to take control of Maori women’s rights, Maori issues and cultural identity at a local conference in 1895. The Maori women’s movement was part of a political up-rise across New Zealand in response to post treaty colonialism.
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Mark Ruka (Ngāpuhi)
Producers: Sheri O’Neill, Fred Renata. 9 mins
A man, a baby; one little step at a time. When Joe is left in charge of his baby son for the first time he must leave his past behind and prove he’s ready for fatherhood.
NZ 2012. Director: Louise Leitch Producer: Melissa Dodds Screenplay: Bernadette Murphy (Te Āti Awa) Festivals: Tribeca 2012. 13 mins
Kiri, a Māori woman painfully aware of her weight, takes a trip with family and friends to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. The place awakens powerful memories.
NINE OF HEARTS
NZ 2012. Director: Briar Grace-Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai) Producer: Alexandra Keeble Screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Joseph. 15 mins
Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Māori-Pākehā spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen, a Pākehā mother, has already been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now. Drawn forward by her two high-pitched fairy children, Gen must ultimately confront Nola, her teenage Māori daughter, who has wisdom beyond her years – and fury at her mother to match.
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Kāi Tahu) Producer: Orlando Stewart. 10 mins
Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Utah, The Dump is a story about a boy discovering there’s more to his dad than just rubbish. Filmed in Tauraroa in Northland.
THE LAWNMOWER MEN OF KAPU
NZ 2011. Director/Screenplay: Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti) Producer: Tainui Stephens. 14 mins
Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood, and he is counting on his three uncles to help the aunties. But the uncles have a major falling out with each other. Atawhai learns a valuable lesson about family and tradition, and his place in both.
PHASE 1: CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE
A brilliant 3-day festival of short plays and film by emerging young actors
Thursday 29 - Saturday 31 August 2013
Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre
Phase 1 is a festival of short plays and films created, directed and produced by young people between 15 and 25 years old. Plays and films are to be original written and directed by young people, and no longer than 10 minutes in length.
Wairoa Maori Film Festival Director Leo Koziol was one of the judges at this brilliant evening of performance and film. Wairoa Maori Film Festival will once again work with Corban Estate Arts Centre next year to present an evening of Maori short films.
FIFO TAHITI 2014
"The 11th edition of the International festival of Oceanian documentary films (FIFO Tahiti), will take place from February 3rd to february 9th 2014.
The competition is open to all productions concerning Oceania which are not older than three years.
Like every year, FIFO will select about 40 films, in two categories : Films in the category ‘in competition’ will be presented to an international jury which will assign a big prize and three special prices. Films in competition and out of competition are also eligible to the audience award. Every prize is a money prize.
We would be more than happy to sign in your films for FIFO 2014 starting right now. You can register your project with our website : http://www.fifo-tahiti.com/
There are no inscription fees and please keep our deadline in mind : no more inscriptions will be accepted after October 1st 2013.
Also note that we have also a category for shorts films ( 20 mn max) and a new category for Short documentary ( 6 mn max)."
Good luck to our Maori and Pasifika film makers!
IN THE NEWS
Redfern Now series, which screened at Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2013, is now playing every Monday night on Maori Television.
Paul Frank designer similarly apologises and begins collaboration with indigenous North American fashion designers artists.
New Zealand Film Archive in race to save our nation's film heritage as film making moves briskly in to the digital age.
Film making downturn hits industry sector, particularly in Auckland.
High profile aboriginal-themed films to be premiered at Adelaide Film Festival. Charlie’s Country stars David Gulpilil as ‘blackfella Charlie,' who decides he wants to live life the old way but sets off a chain of events that result in him returning to his community. In The Darkside, Warwick Thornton takes a collection of poignant, sad, funny, absurd and true ghost tales from across Australia and brings them to life with a stellar cast of storytellers including Deborah Mailman, Bryan Brown, Aaron Pedersen, Shari Sebbens and Sacha Horler.
"House of Cards" lead Kevin Spacey goes viral on new model of television industry. "I predict that in the next decade or two, any differentiation between these platforms will fall away. Is thirteen hours watched as one cinematic whole really any different than a film?"
Best UFO Short Film awarded to Indians and Aliens by native film makers Rezolution Pictures. Also in the news, the US Government admits the true existence of Area 51.
EUROPEAN FESTIVAL PROFILE:
A FASCINATION WITH POLYNESIAN PASIFIKA
The Rochefort Pacifique Film Festival was created in 2007, in Rochefort. Each year in May, 20 films from and about the Pacific Islands are screened. It includes documentaries, fiction and short films.
The International Cinema Des Antipodes is held in St Tropez, nearby to Cannes. The film festival focuses solely on film works from Australia and New Zealand. Check out their website here.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."