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Fri 30 May 2014–Sun 1 Jun 2014, 3:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 31 May 2014, 6:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Kahungunu Marae, Cnr Ihaka St & Mataira St, Nuhaka, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: Leo Koziol

Ancient Spirits Beckon you to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival - a film festival experience like no other!

The festival is held in Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, which features in the 1955 epic film Broken Barrier by John O'Shea. Guests can stay on the marae (its included in your $100 festival pass) or at the nearby Morere Hot Springs, only a five minute drive away! 50 films, 16 screenings, guests from Poland, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti and Australia. Join Us!

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is the premiere Maori and indigenous film festival of Aotearoa. This year our programme is better than ever. We've worked alongside the New Zealand International Film Festival to present a special preview of The Darkside by Warwick Thornton, as well as three programmes of brand new Maori short films.

We have guests from Hawaii to present Kumu Hina and The Haumana, special screenings of NZ features The Pa Boys, Fantail and White Lies, and presentation of the WIFT Mana Wahine Award at our Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

The New Zealand Film Commission continues its auspicious sponsorship of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, and our programming partners now include imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival (Toronto), Tropfest New Zealand, Te Nati Film Festival Tahiti and the South Seas Film & Television School.

This year looks better than ever. Three of the new Maori short films will have just screened at Cannes Short Film Corner. If you're an up and coming film maker, interested in making your own film, or simply a mad film fan, then Kahungunu Marae Nuhaka (and the nearby Morere Hot Pools!) is the place to be this Queen's Birthday Weekend!

Festival programme:

Friday May 30
3 pm Official Festival Powhiri, Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka

3.30 pm Kapu Ti

4 pm "Mix and Mingle"

5 pm Dinner

5.30 Welcome & Introduction
Online "Native Signal" Symposium Weekend

5.35 pm Kotiro Maori E
Sophronia Smith (23 min)
Director Present for Q&A

6 pm Maori Shorts I 86 min
The Rangimoekaus 5 min
Home (Australia) 15 min Cannes
Ross & Beth 15 min
Tohunga 8 min
Pumanawa The Gift 13 min
Ahi Kaa 14 min Cannes
Inc'd 16 min

Followed by Directors Panel

7.45 pm Kapu Ti

8 pm The Darkside
Directed by Warwick Thornton
Preceded by Footsteps

Saturday May 31
9 am to 10 am Breakfast (Marae)

9.30 am Soul in the Sea
Moko the Dolphin Story

10.30 am Kumu Hina 77 min
Directors Present for Q&A

12 pm Lunch

12.30 pm The Haumana
Directed by Keo Woolford
Preceded by Mou Piri
Directors Present for Q&A

2.30 pm Kapu Ti

2.45 pm The Pa Boys
Directed by Himiona Grace
Director Present for Q&A

4.30 pm Break

4.45 pm Maori Shorts II 63 min
Home (New Zealand) 14 min
Kia Ora Miguel 9 min
Bud 11 min
Toa 14 min
Rising Dust 15 min Cannes

Followed by Directors Panel

6 pm Te Nati Tahiti 2014
Kia Orana 6 min
To'oe Fenua 5 min
Hou Ha'amata 2 min
LOL 2 min
Tiare Ananahi 12 min

Presentation from Te Nati Tahiti

6.30 pm Indigenous Frequencies 2014

Moko - Marta Szymanska
Mokihi - Ratu Tibble
Galu Afi - Shigeyuki Kihara

Followed by Directors Panel

7 pm Mana Wairoa Gala Awards Dinner &
WIFT Mana Wahine Award
With Kapa Haka Evening
Wairoa College Kapa Haka

Sunday June 1
9 am to 10 Breakfast (Marae)

10 am Whanau Shorts
Dog Save The Queen 14 min
Tamanui 11 min
Bro's Being Bro's 5 min

10.30 am He Toki Huna NZ in Afghanistan 80 min
Directors Present for Q&A

12 pm Lunch

12.30 pm Fantail 83 min
Preceded by Friday Tigers Nga Taika O Ramere 16 min

2.20 pm Break

2.30 pm ImagineNative
Reel Kanata II 77 min

3.45 pm Kapu Ti

4 pm White Lies
Preceded by Alma & Esperanza

6 pm Dinner (Boil Up)
Final Report Back on Online Native Signal Symposium

7.30 pm Bush Cinema
(Morere School Hall, Morere)

Little Girl's War Cry (Rarotonga)
E Arioi Vahine (Tahiti)
The Blanketing (Canada)
Utu Pihikete (Christchurch)
On The Rocks (Auckland)
Maul (Intergalactic)
Adan & Steve (Hawaii)

Followed by Music and Light Supper at the Morere Hot Pools

Monday June 2
Poroporoaki - Kahungunu Marae courtyard, 9 am

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