January 29, 2015
Maori filmmakers take on Berlin
The Maoriland Film Festival is off to Berlin next week to fly the flag for Maori filmmakers at the European Film Market, which is part of the 65th Berlinale festival.
Festival director Libby Hakaraia says it has secured a place in NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema, the first-ever market stand dedicated to promoting indigenous films and video.
It’s a collaboration with other filmmakers from Canada, Latin America, the United States, and Sapmi, which includes Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia.
She says it’s an important step forward in promoting Indigenous films, and is a chance to connect Maori artists with a wider audience and create opportunities for them to make more films.
The second Maoriland Film Festival runs from March 24-29 in Otaki and will include120 short films, 10 features and a dozen documentaries from indigenous filmmakers from New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, USA, Canada, Australia and the Pacific.
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