The annual Māoriland Film Festival (MFF) was launched in March 2014.

In the first year our goal was to get our community to the movies and to become film literate. Most of our town had never been to a film festival, nor seen an indigenous film.

MFF offered an inexpensive film experience with tickets for a variety of sessions costing only $6.00. There were three schools sessions that were ‘gold coin donation’ entry. We had a number of free film events including an outdoor screening of the feature film BOY.

In 2014 MFF showed 48 short films and 10 feature films from around the world. There were also archival Māori films, lectures, workshops and ample opportunity for filmmakers to meet and exchange ideas. We concluded with a filmmaker’s retreat on nearby Kāpiti Island.

3500 tickets were sold for the four and a half days of film screenings. Many local Māori filmmakers, four international guest filmmakers, and several film festival representatives from the Pacific Islands, Canada, The United States and Australia attended.

In 2015 the MFF grew exponentially. With over 120 shorts and 12 features we sold over 5,000 tickets. We again hosted many filmmakers, film students and film fans from throughout New Zealand.

There were also 17 international filmmakers from Hawaii, Sapmi, New Mexico, Canada, Australia and the Pacific Islands. There were six days of film screenings, workshops, panel discussions and networking. Representatives from film festivals included imagineNATIVE and the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation programme. In addition there were producer representatives from indigenous television in Canada.

Within two short years Māoriland has become a sophisticated international event: One with deep connections to the community that inspired it – Ōtaki, Aotearoa.


There will be some very exciting films screenings at MFF 2016.

These include award winning feature films that will screen in our largest indoor theatre to an audience of 1000.

There will also be two free outdoor screenings of family friendly films to a potential audience of 2000+.

Supporters of Māoriland Film Festival receive complimentary tickets, priority seatin and acknowledgement on screen prior to a screening. 

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