Aotearoa Maori Film Festival – Whaia Iti Kahurangi

 

Presented by the Sydney Maori Business Network & Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc.

A special programme of Maori short films to be presented at the launch event of the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. The theme of this programme is Whaia Iti Kahurangi representing the pinnacle of Maori storytelling by Maori film makers in Aotearoa today.

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is based in New Zealand, and for the first time is branching out overseas, partnering with the Sydney Maori Business Network to create the annual Aotearoa Maori Film Festival (AMFF).

This special launch event is to announce the creation of the AMFF. The AMFF will occur every year during the Matariki celebrations (June/July), which are a reawakened Maori seasonal festival that is increasing in popularity in both NZ and Australia. In 2014, AMFF will be presented in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It is hoped to expand AMFF to incorporate workshops and guest speakers.

Special guests:
Leo Koziol (Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu), Founder & Festival Director of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival since 2005.
Hiona Henare (Ngati Mauaupoko), Film Maker (Uru) and Assistant Programmer of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
Ratu Tibble (Ngati Porou), Chairman of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and board member of Nga Aho Whakaari Maori in Film & Television.

Film makers planning to be in attendance on the evening are:
Bernadette Murphy (Te Ati Awa), screenwriter of Whakatiki (confirmed)
Libby Hakaraia & Tainui Stephens (TBC) Lawnmower Men of Kapu.
Briar Grace-Smith Nine of Hearts / Development Executive NZ Film Commission (TBC).

It is also hoped for representatives of the NSW Police to be in attendance, as they have curated Baby Steps by Mark Ruka for indigenous father parenting courses in the State.

Join us at a very special event launching a very special project!

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

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