Put on your most glam outfit and walk the red carpet for the annual Māoriland Red Carpet Party. A celebration of all the filmmakers and their collaborators at MFF2021. Featuring the multi award-winning musical artist Troy Kingi and band.
An award is given to the film voted as ‘the people’s choice for MFF2021’. There are also prizes for Red Carpet attendees in the following categories:
Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) is an actor and a multi-genre musician originally from Rotorua, Te Kaha and Te Aute. A small-town boy at heart, Kingi is now based in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, where he lives a pretty simple life with his wife and five children.
Described by the New Zealand Music Commission as “our Northland treasure”, Kingi rose to fame after the release of his first two multi-award-winning albums Guitar Party at Uncles Bach and Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron, along with memorable major roles in Kiwi films including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Pā Boys, Mt Zion and The Kick.
Over and above his love for acting, Kingi’s passion for music has led to a successful and ever-expanding artistic career. A hard taskmaster on his own creativity, Kingi is nearing the mid-point of his aspirational 1O 1O 1O Series (to release 10 albums in 10 genres in 10 years). He is a prolific songwriter and serial collaborator, with voracious capacity and freakish efficiency. He is also an experienced teacher with an affinity for empowering the young, having been a New Zealand Music Commission mentor since 2015, working with high school students across Aotearoa, as well as a mentor on Songs From the Inside, a TV series aimed at rehabilitating inmates through songwriting.
Kingi is the 2020 recipient of the Mātairangi Mahi Toi Māori Artist Residency at Government House, a partnership between the Office of the Governor-General of New Zealand and Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts at Massey University Wellington.