Posted Wednesday 09 May 2018
But wait, there's more good funding news! The NZFC has announced the Rautaki M?ori Feature Film Initiative, a one-off $2 million investment for dramatic features in any genre where the director and at least one other key creative is M?ori; plus He Pounamu, an ongoing fund of up to $2.5 million in investment for dramatic feature films made in Te Reo M?ori, by M?ori filmmakers.
Meanwhile, we're delighted to hear that the nine wahine M?ori writers and directors of Waru are the inaugural recipients of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga M?ori Screen Excellence Awards, an award offered to M?ori filmmakers whose work makes an impact locally and/or internationally. BriarGrace-Smith, Awanui Simich-Pene, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, Paula Jones and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu were each presented with a grant of $50,000 to assist with progressing their filmmaking careers.