Thi week, the latest E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards were presented at the Māoriland Film Festival, celebrating the next generation of Māori storytellers.
Featuring the premiere of 15 films made by rangatahi aged 12-24 at Māoriland Rangatahi-led filmmaking workshops across Aotearoa, including Ōtaki, Te Tairāwhiti, Kaitaia and Tāmaki Makaurau.
Awards were presented to six young filmmakers for their films:
- Te Ihorei – E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmaker of the Year
For You Brother (dir. Waka Wikaire James) (Ngāti Whātua) – Tamaki Makaurau
- Pepa “kotikoti”, kōhatū – Best Edit
Think Peace (dir. Ngato Zharnaye Livingstone) (Ngātihine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Manu) – Tamaki Makaurau
- Te Ahikā – Best Performance
Turanga Mahutonga in Late (dir. Maddy Southey)
- Wai Ora – Best Use of Theme
Home (dir. Witana Harris-Awarau) – Kaitaia
- Te Tino Whakaataata – Best Drama
Luckiest Man Alive (dir. Kalim Bennett Simeon) – Ōtaki
- Pakipūmeka Mātua – Best Documentary
Te Aumangea (dir. Ngahuru Smith) – Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa
All the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Films will be shared online for a final People’s Choice Award vote, which can be found here. The winner of People’s Choice will be announced on April 23.
Māoriland Film Festival director Libby Hakaraia says after six years of filmmaking collaboration with E Tū Whānau, it’s incredible to see rangatahi responding positively to being empowered through telling their own stories.
“Giving rangatahi the tools they need to tell their own stories and giving them the space to bring their visions to life is an important element of not just the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film programme, but what we’re aiming to achieve through Māoriland overall,” says Hakaraia.
“These voices and stories are so important to nurture and develop. We have a collection of filmmakers who have tasted the creative liberation that comes from crafting and telling stories – and we hope to encourage them to continue along this path.”