The annual Māoriland Film Festival, New Zealand’s first International, Indigenous, Industry focused Film Festival is being held in Ōtaki.
In the early 1920s Australian company Federated Feature Films Ltd proposed a New Zealand branch to produce feature films. Ōtaki was a suggested as a suitable place to establish a studio because of the town’s varied scenery and “potent actinic rays” (white light). The New Zealand Moving Picture Company was established.
At the end of the films produced in Ōtaki was the text plate “The home of Māoriland Films and the The Los Angelos (sic) of New Zealand’s moving picture industry”
Filmmakers from Canada, USA, South America and Europe (including the Sami from Norway and Greenland), Australia and the
Pacific will join a large number of Māori filmmakers and actors to share their films, meet, talk and interact directly with the festival public over five exciting days.
Films will be screened at 5 truly unique venues, Raukawa Marae, the historic Rangiatea Church, Hadfield Hall, the 1940’s art deco theatre The Civic, and Te Wananga O Raukawa’s Nga Purapura stadium.
A total of 120 short films, 12 feature films, 10 documentaries, dedicated School screenings, a Rangatahi Filmmaking Competition and numerous Workshops to select from there is guaranteed to be be something for everyone.
Tickets are a modest $6 (except for Keynote Address & Gala Night events).
The full programme can be viewed and tickets purchased direct via our website. Door sales will be available at all venues prior to each screening (unless sold out earlier)
Māoriland Film Festival welcomes you all to come to Ōtaki and Experience the World
Tuesday 24-29th March 2015.