And the winner is....

Posted Tuesday 12 May 2015


Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival Inc. are proud to announce the 2015 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient is one of New Zealand's most exciting newer producers, Chelsea Winstanley (Ngati Ranginui).

The award will be presented at the Gala Festival Awards at the iconic Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, on Saturday May 30.

The 2009 recipient of the Woman to Watch Award at the WIFT Film and Television Awards, Chelsea has produced and directed feature films, television, documentaries and short films since, receiving many international awards and accolades along the way.

With Taika Waititi and Emanuel Michael, Chelsea produced the multi award-winning mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which has played at prestigious international film festivals, notably Toronto (winner of the People's Choice award) Sundance and Berlin.  The film currently holds the number one slot on the comedy and horror charts on US iTunes after a limited, highly successful self-funded cinema release in the US.  Together with Taika Waititi, Chelsea was responsible for distributing the film both within New Zealand and internationally, with remarkable innovation and results.

The judging panel selected Chelsea for the quality and success of her body of work so far and for her professionalism, integrity and willingness to take risks.  As a young M?ori woman and mother of two, she is leading the way for other up-and-coming M?ori women screen practitioners, with her example of a fearless approach to the international market for M?ori storytelling.

She has been an executive board member of Nga Aho Whakaari (M?ori in Screen) and was on the WIFT Auckland Governance Board.

Tickets for the Awards Gala and Film Festival can be booked at Eventfinder - Gala Awards $80. Full and Festival Pass including Gala $225

The Wairoa M?ori Film Festival this year has 28 screenings with 62 shorts, six documentaries and five features. Screenings are held in Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, famed for featuring in scenes from John O'Shea's BROKEN BARRIER in 1955. For the first time since 2009, the festival will also be at the reopened Gaiety Theatre in Wairoa. Guests in attendance include international film makers from Tahiti and Australia. For the first time, the festival is hosting the premiere of a feature film, UMBRELLA MAN, by Lennie Hill, screening on opening night and at the Gaiety Theatre in Wairoa. A selection of the M?ori and Pasifika short films screening at the festival will go on to comprise the New Zealand International Film Festival Ng? Whanaunga programme which will premiere in Auckland later this year. The M?ori Film Awards Gaiety Grand Gala will include presentation of a number of awards, including the WIFT Mana Wahine Award, and a special "Native Now!" multimedia showcase with works by Charlotte Graham, Marta Szymanska, Rosanna Raymond, Mika and Lisa Reihana. Special presentations include a 4th cinema academic panel, a "M?ori new wave" micro budget film making panel, a special screening of CONFESSIONS OF PRISONER T with director Michael Bennett and private investigator Tim McKinnell, and the first NZ screening of Jason Momoa's ROAD TO PALOMA. Closing night is "Bush Cinema" underground shorts at Morere hot springs, with the pools open late into the night. The Wairoa M?ori Film Festival is sponsored by the New Zealand Film Commission, Te Matarae O Te Wairoa Trust and Wairoa District Council. The entire programme can be viewed online at:



Next Up...

Documentary Edge Festival

Posted Tuesday 12 May 2015

SCREEN EDGE FORUM 29 May (AUT, Auckland) and 4 June (Park Road Post, Wellington)

The Documentary Edge Festival will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary as Australasia's premiere international competitive documentary festival. Over the last ten years, it has showcased the best award winning and critically acclaimed New Zealand and international documentaries. It also brought leading filmmakers and key industry leaders to speak at their film screenings.

In 2015, Documentary Edge Festival will feature a new side-bar, Story Edge. This will allow audiences to enter new story-worlds and immersive sensory experience. We will bring cutting edge digital interactive stories to New Zealand allowing audiences to engage with exciting innovations to enhance storytelling like virtual reality and gaming. We will also curate an exciting range of topics for our Doc Talks, the Documentary Edge series of contemporary talks by filmmakers and subjects.

Screen Edge Forum is the accompanying industry event that serves to bring local and international industry together to discuss innovations, opportunities and other important topics affecting the screen industry. It will educate and broaden the minds of filmmakers and interested audiences like students and teachers. Screen Edge has launched many documentary projects that have gone onto critical success. Screen Edge Forum will include the following sessions:

  • Keynote Address: Chris McDonald, President of Hot Docs, Toronto
  • Master-class: Sweet Micky for President with Ben Patterson (Director), Karyn Rachtman (Producer) and Pras Michel (Producer Subject and award-winning musician from the Fugees)
  • Master-class: From The Ground Up - Sound For Documentary Filmmakers with Nigel Scott and a panel from Park Road Post
  • Master-class: (T)ERROR with Lyric R. Cabral (Co-director)
  • Introducing: Story Edge - taking story and audiences to the next frontier through digital interactive storytelling.
  • In Conversation: with Chris Mc Donald, President of Hot Docs, Toronto (Auckland only)


Industry booking rate is $90.00. For more details and to purchase tickets to the Forum, log on to