The 2011 Wairoa Maori Film Festival was drawn to an impressive close at a packed awards ceremony at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka.
And the winners are…
Best Actor – Short Film (Aotearoa Audience Award)
HARLEN HOANI THOMPSON IN “KORO’S MEDAL” DIRECTED BY JAMES BARR
Best Male Actor – Feature Film (2011 Aotearoa Drama)
RANGIMOANA TAYLOR IN “HOOK LINE AND SINKER” DIRECTED BY ANDREA BOSSHARD & SHANE LOADER
Best Female Actor – Feature Film (2011 Aotearoa Drama)
MABEL WHAREKAWA-BURT IN “MATARIKI” DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BENNETT
Best Short Film (2011 Aotearoa Audience Award)
“TAKU RAKU E” DIRECTOR KARARAINA RANGIHAU PRODUCER MERATA MITA
Best International Indigenous Entry (2011 Festival)
“LANI’S STORY” DIRECTOR GENEVIEVE GRIEVES (AUSTRALIA)
Best Aotearoa Feature Drama or Documentary (2011 Festival)
“MATARIKI” DIRECTOR MICHAEL BENNETT
Mana Wairoa Festival Prize (Best Overall Entry Festival 2011)
“OCTOBER 15″ DIRECTOR KIM WEBBY PRODUCER PIETRA BRETKELLY
WIFT Mana Wahine Award 2011
Katie Wolfe (Ngati Tama, Ngati Mutunga, Pakeha) is a film maker, actor and director, having completed two short films (“THIS IS HER” and “REDEMPTION”) and most recently directed her first feature “NIGHTS IN THE GARDEN OF SPAIN” which is screening next month at Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
International Indigenous Entry
“LANI’S STORY” is the true story of a young woman surviving abuse and addiction. Lani Brennan, the subject of the film, is of both Aboriginal and Maori descent.
Mana Wairoa Festival Prize
“OCTOBER 15.” The film profiles the day, October 15, 2007, that New Zealand Police launched anti-terrorism raids on the people of Tuhoe, in Ruatoki Valley and beyond. The Mana Wairoa Festival Prize recognises the most outstanding entry to the year’s festival and also has a kaupapa of supporting film makers whose work contributes to the advancement of the human rights of indigenous peoples.
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a non-political not-for-profit community event presented annually by Te Roopu Whakaata Maori Inc. Parts of the programme are travelling on to screenings in Auckland, Invercargill and Raglan.
Go to www.manawairoa.com for more information.