MFF2020 Pitch

Kia hiwa rā!

$6,500 in prizes to be won at the MĀORILAND PITCH – Register now!

The Māoriland Pitch is an opportunity for Māori filmmakers from rangatahi to established filmmakers to turn your brilliant idea into a production ready project.

Ngā mea e toru!

What we’re looking for

TAHI – Quality of Story

RUA – Quality of Pitch 

TORU – Overall Entertainment Factor 

Tahi –  Rua – Toru!  

Pre registration necessary. Only invited filmmakers will be able to pitch on the day. 

  • You must register by Thurs 23rd April and only selected filmmakers will be asked to pitch.
  • Selected pitches will be notified on the 24th April
  • Pitch will take place live via Zoom on 27th April

The Māoriland Pitch is open to filmmakers based in Aotearoa only.



Rangatahi Pitch 

There are 2x $500 Rangatahi pitch prizes to be won.

Māoriland is looking for two original short film ideas (any genre) OR animation projects from rangatahi aged 12-24. 

One of the pitch awards will be for a film in Te Reo Māori.

The pitch prize winners are expected to use their pūtea to turn their short film into a script with the potential of it being commissioned by Māoriland in 2020.



Māoriland Pitch Prizes

2x $2,000 pitch prizes for short films that speak to the theme of tohu; Aotearoa supernatural.

Māoriland is looking for the two best ideas to develop as part of a series of Aotearoa based contemporary short films that explore the unseen world around us. Think tohu, supernatural, ethereal.

A requirement of entering the pitch is that Māoriland has first option to the short film script developed with the pitch prize.

M.A.T.C.H – Tech Creative Pitch 

1x $1,500

Gaming, VR, XR – the opportunities for interactive and immersive storytelling are limitless. What story do you want to tell in the tech Creative space? Do you have a really good idea that you want to develop?



Pitch Criteria

  • Your pitch must be no longer than 3 minutes
  • A bell will be rung at 2 minutes and again 15 seconds prior to the finish.
  • Do you have visual material to screen as part of your pitch? Please indicate this in your registration form.
  • The Māoriland Pitch is open to Indigenous filmmakers based in Aotearoa only. International Indigenous filmmakers are encouraged to collaborate with Aotearoa based filmmakers to apply. 

Pitch Tips

  • Focus your pitch to the most important, compelling parts of your story so we understand it in a short amount of time.
  • Don’t try to do TOO much with the pitch. We don’t need to know every detail step by step. Think of the big picture. 
  • Hook us in with the story overview and a couple of sentences on the character. We need to know who we are following and why we care and connect.
  • Characters – are you clear about who the leads in your film are – we don’t need to know all about the background cast.
  • Why should we give you the money? Maybe you want to spend the pitch prize on working with mentors or giving yourself time to write. Convince us that you have what it takes to make this film, and why you offer good value.
  • Smile, be confident, be cheeky – have fun in the pitch!