May 01, 2018
Waru wahine winners of new Maori film award
The nine women behind the hard-hitting feature film on child abuse, Waru, have been named joint winners of new award for Maori filmmakers whose work makes an impact locally and/or internationally.
Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga Maori Screen Excellence Awards were launched last night alongside the New Zealand Film Commission’s Te Rautaki Maori strategy to support and work with Maori filmmakers.
Directors Briar Grace-Smith, Awanui Simich-Pene, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, and Paula Jones and writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu were each given $50,000 to assist with their filmmaking careers.
Ms Gardiner is set to get another award next month at the Wairoa Maori Gala Film Awards.
She’s been named the winner of the Women in Film & Television Mana Wahine Award for 2018.
Mainly known as a producer, her credits include Taika Waititi’s award-winning short films Two Cars One Night and Tama Tu and his first two features, Eagle vs Shark and Boy.
Her latest production, The Breaker Upperers, premieres this month.
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