Submissions now open for Maoriland 2018

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

WIFT member Libby Hakaraia is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the 5th Annual M?oriland Film Festival (March 21-25, 2018).

Hakaraia, who is the festival's director, says M?oriland Film Festival is an international indigenous film festival that celebrates indigenous voices and storytelling in film. Each March, M?oriland invites indigenous films and their creators to ?taki on New Zealand's K?piti Coast for five days of screenings, workshops and special events.

M?oriland considers film, video, audio, digital and interactive media works made by indigenous creatives from around the globe. To be eligible for submission, an indigenous creative must be credited in a key role such as director, producer or screenwriter.

Submissions are online only, via Film Freeway. Please click here to access the online submission form.

This year, the M?oriland Film Festival introduces a fee schedule. Income derived from submission fees will be returned to programmed artists via screening fees, artist accommodation, and hospitality during the festival.

Youth filmmakers and students under the age of 21 may apply under the Youth category:
Earlybird: FREE
General: $5 USD
Late: $25 USD

M?ori and New Zealand-based Indigenous artists may apply under the Aotearoa category:
Earlybird: FREE
General: FREE
Late: $25 USD

The deadlines for submissions are: Earlybird - June 2; Regular - October 6; Late - November 3. 

Films screened at M?oriland Film festival 2018 are eligible for People's Choice Awards for Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Feature Film, and Best Youth Film. Laurels will be sent to prize-winning films.

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Prizes galore on offer at My Rode Reel

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

Get your thinking caps on - this Australian short-film competition boasts a cool $500,000 worth of prizes to be won.

Billed as "the world's largest short film competition", My Rode Reel has a number of genre categories to choose from, and there are some pretty sweet sets of gear up for grabs in the technical prize section.

Each short film must be between 60 seconds and three minutes long - see entry details for further requirements, and enter My Rode Reel by 30 June. (Their promotional video made us giggle, too.)