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!).

Next Up...

Doco-directing masterclass with Leanne Pooley this month

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Clear your diaries! On March 25 and 26, WIFT member and celebrated filmmaker Leanne Pooley is running a two-day masterclass in Auckland to share the lessons she's learnt in 25 years as a director.

From initial idea to realising the final film, this seminar will cover every stage of the filmmaking process. A NZ Arts Laureate, Leanne has won many awards for her work and had it screened on many international networks - so there will be plenty to learn for even experienced filmmakers.

Do you live outside Auckland? The NZFC is offering a limited number of travel grants to help people get to the course - applications close 9am March 13.

For more information and to book, email - don't delay!