Posted Monday 18 Mar 2019
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook's maiden voyage to the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia and the advent of colonisation in the region. The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Screen Australia's Indigenous Department have teamed up for a one-off joint initiative supporting a creative collaboration between indigenous peoples of the Pacific region impacted by Cook's arrival. The NZFC is inviting Māori and/or Pacific Islander key creatives to apply for Ngā Pouwhenua, the New Zealand arm of this initiative. A producer can be attached but this is not a requirement. This initiative will support the development and production of eight narrative short films (not documentary), four from New Zealand and four from Australia, that will make up a single anthology feature exploring indigenous perspectives related to the arrival of Cook.