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E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards People’s Choice 2021

The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards were presented this morning 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 My Brother (dir. Waka Wikaire James) (Ngāti Whātua) – Tamaki Makaurau
  • Pepa “kotikoti”, kōhatū – Best Edit
    AUT Student (dir. Ngato Zharnaye Livingstone), Think Peace (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 in the World (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 can be viewed below 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.”