Posted Wednesday 24 Oct 2018
Get along to the inaugural Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival (RIFF) from 1-3 November. Supported by Bay of Plenty Film, the event is the brainchild of Piripi Curtis, Mike Jonathan and Lara Northcroft of Steambox Collective, a group of Rotorua-based film makers, the event is to honour the memory of Merata Mita, a Te Arawa film and television pioneer, and to showcase a film created by her son, Heperi Mita about his Mum's life. Audiences will also be treated to a special screening of Maui's Hook, produced by Karen Waaka-Tibble. More than 18 M?ori-led short films will screen alongside films by other indigenous people from Canada, Australia, Scandinavia and the Pacific Islands, plus there will be opportunities for film makers to network and attend workshops on creating comedy, screen writing and accessing markets. There are day passes, tickets to individual film screenings, and a student industry pass for secondary and tertiary students who are studying film and the media.