ETW Rangatahi Film Challenge


The E T Whnau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films that present their perspective as young people in Aotearoa.

Moriland challenges youth to be creative – to use what they’ve got and what they know to tell their stories.

Films entered in the challenge are celebrated at the E T Whnau Rangatahi Filmmaking Awards, held at the Moriland Film Festival each March. The 2019 awards will be held on March 21, 2019.


E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori. It’s about taking responsibility and action in your community and supporting whānau to thrive. 

“Rangatahi are our future – they have energy, ideas and motivation to shape their own destinies. Rangatahi have been involved in E Tu Whnau from the outset. They have their fingers on the pulse and are important messengers of change.”



Giving with no expectation of return.


It’s about being connected.


Knowing who you are and where you belong.

Mana Manaaki

Building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging.

Kōrero Awhi

Open communication, being supportive.


Doing things the right way, according to our values


  1. Who is going to make your film? Form a team.
  2. Read the E Tū Whānau values and have a kōrero with your team about what is important to you. Use that conversation to decide what your film will be about.
  3. Use whatever you have available to tell your story. Google is your friend! You might want to check out these videos with advice on how to make a film.
  4. Create a film no longer than 5 minutes. 
  5. Fill out the entry forms and submit your film to the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmaking Challenge by December 21, 2018.

Films submitted to the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge will screen at the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards on March 21st, 2019.


Māoriland is looking to foster our Māori film leaders of the future. Films entered in the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge will be screened at the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards on a BIG screen for their peers. 

Māoriland is attended by international 
Indigenous filmmakers and film festival programmers. Award winning films will receive mentoring to submit their films to international film festivals.


E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmaker of the Year – Te Ihorei

$1,000 + prizes


Best Drama – Te Tino Whakaataata
Best Documentary – Pakipūmeka Mātua
Best Editing – Pepa “Kotikoti,” Kōhatū
Best Use of Theme – Wai Ora
Best Actor – Te Ahikā

$500 + prizes

People’s Choice

$500 + prizes



        1. Rangatahi up to the age of 24 are invited to submit a short film. Māoriland recognises that filmmaking is a team effort and therefore your team may include rangatahi of any ethnicity. Each team must feature a Māori youth in a key position. A key position is a writer, director or producer. They have to play a significant role and feature in the credits of your film.
        2. Use the six E Tū Whānau values as inspiration to create a film that represents your perspective as a young person in Aotearoa. The film can be of any genre or theme – it doesn’t have to directly reference the values. If you have any questions, contact Māoriland at [email protected]
        3. Your film must be no longer than 5 minutes.
        4. Your film must be appropriate for a General Audience (GA). This means that your film may not include explicit language or content. You can read more about classifications here:
        5. To submit your film, you must upload it to Vimeo – Please ensure that the film is uploaded at its best quality 1080p recommended (720p minimum) and is set to be able to be downloaded. Please ensure that you include a password to access the film when you complete the submission form.
        6. You must complete an online submission form at:
        7. Permissions – you must have permission to film someone, to film on someone else’s property and to use someone else’s creations – music, clips and other imagery. You can find free music on Soundcloud, Youtube . If you write music yourself – ka rawe! You own the rights.
        8. To show that you have asked for permissions, you must complete and upload ‘release forms’ as part of your online submission. Release forms are available to download at:
        9. The deadline for film submissions is 5 pm on December 21, 2018.
        10. All teams who have submitted a film will be invited to attend the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards on Thursday March 21st, 2019 during the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival. At these awards, a selection of films submitted will be screened and prizes will be awarded to filmmakers across the following categories: 
          Filmmaker of the Year – Te Ihorei
          Best Drama – Te Tino Whakaataata
          Best Documentary – Pakipūmeka Mātua
          Best Editing – Pepa “Kotikoti,” Kōhatū
          Best Use of Theme – Wai Ora
          Best Actor – Te Ahikā
          New categories may arise with the discretion of the judging panel.