Official Festival Theme Announced



Kia Ora Koutou Katoa!

The Official Theme of Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2015 is NATIVE NOW!

This is our landmark 10th year, and we are planning a future-focused event showcasing the best, the newest and the most innovative works of Maori, Polynesian and world indigenous screen art. 

Our Call For Entries is now open. We are interested in works that are breaking the mould and shaping a new place within the 4th cinema and native screen realms. We want to see entries that have a transmedia showcase alongside a state-of-the-art screen work: be it short film, documentary, feature, documentary, experimental or media art. We want films that embrace the truth and beauty of Maori culture, in Te Reo Maori by Maori Directors and Maori Writers. Our people telling our stories to ourselves in our language.

We want to see works that are about native peoples living to their full potential imbued with deep authenticity, and will focus our curatorial process upon international entries by Native Origin Directors and Native Origin Writers.

We want to see Polynesian works from across the Pacific, in the spirit of Whanaungatanga and connectedness between the Children of Hawaiiki. Once again, we want these works to be written by Native Polynesians and directed by Native Polynesians.

Alongside a four day marae-based film festival, we will also host a one-day kai festival, and showcase NZ and Maori food over the weekend. Kiwiland Kai will be served as the best possible complement to Maori film and screen art, our first year of what is planned to become an annual event.

The work for a grand event at Wairoa 2015 has begun. Join us. Ancient Spirits Beckon. Your first step, is here.

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

Wairoa Maori Film Festival - May 29 to June 2, 2015.