Focus on fabulous females at French Film Festival

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Talented women directors, strong female leads... we're loving the line-up at this year's Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Now in its 11th year, the festival is underway and runs until mid-April around the country. There are stories about women breaking free from circumstance and family pressure, or fighting the pharmaceutical industry to prevent unnecessary deaths. There's a rom-com that completely subverts the genre. There are films that reinforce the strength of feminine perspectives in French cinema.

The good folk behind this annual cinematic treat have compiled a round-up of the festival's notable films by women - it's a great starting point for exploring the festival programme.

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Maoriland Film Festival programme launched

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Maoriland Film Festival

M?oriland Film Festival announces its fourth annual festival programme with 121 features, shorts, documentaries, workshops, k?rero and other special events to be shared over five days. (WIFT member and festival director Libby Hakaraia can pause to draw breath, but just for a moment - the festival launches next week!)

M?oriland Film Festival 2017 is filled to the brim with some of the hottest indigenous films on the planet - and we're stoked to see that 60% of the films and videos are created by indigenous female directors!

The programme includes multi-award winning features, documentary and short films including two Oscar-nominated films. These works will all be presented in ?taki as part of the 4th annual Festival, March 15-19, 2017.

Watch the festival trailer and find out how to attend. Or listen to Libby speaking to Simon Morris of Radio New Zealand National about how the festival has grown, and how it aims to be a champion for all indigenous filmmakers.

Highlights include:

� 8 NZ Premieres of internationally awarded winning films; Sami Blood (Sweden), Angry Inuk (Canada), Bonfire (Russia), Sun At Midnight (Canada), Goldstone (Australia), Mara'akame's Dream (Mexico), Fractured Land (Canada) and Zach's Ceremony (Australia).

� The NATIVE Slam II - an international filmmaking collaboration challenge where 15 established indigenous filmmakers from around the globe come together here in Aotearoa to produce a short film in 72 hours.

� The M?oriland Rangatahi Film Festival (MRFF) - a 3 day film festival for schools that has been programmed by Ng? Pakiaka. Ng? Pakiaka is made up of 5 award winning youth filmmakers aged 12 - 16. Within the MRFF will be the 2017 M?oriland Keynote presented by Julian Dennison and his mother Mabelle Dennison, and the E Tu Wh?nau Rangatahi Filmmaking Awards.

� Estria Miyashiro will be coming to M?oriland with the film Mele Murals. Estria is a world-renowned street artist. While he is here he will be working with youth in the community to produce a number of artworks around ?taki.

� More than 20 filmmakers are booked to travel to the festival from as far as Yakutia in Russia (the coldest place on the planet!).