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March 2020

MFF2020

March 18 - March 23
Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street
Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast New Zealand
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Each March the Indigenous world comes together in Ōtaki, Aotearoa (New Zealand) to celebrate Indigenous screen storytelling at Māoriland Film Festival, the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on New Zealand’s Kāpiti Coast, Ōtaki is a vibrant seaside town where Māori culture and language thrives. The 2020 Māoriland Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 March. Submissions are now open online Click here for more information

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Pōwhiri

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm NZDT
Raukawa Marae, 90 Mill Road
Ōtaki, 5512 New Zealand
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The pōwhiri and formal welcome to manuwhiri tūārangi and official guests of MFF2020 will take place at Raukawa Marae. Guests who are unfamiliar with the marae protocols will be informed about the necessary procedures prior to the welcome. The formal welcome will be conducted entirely in the Māori language. Our rangatahi will assist with interpreting where required. One customary practice is the koha, a monetary contribution which will be offered to the marae on your behalf. This is not compulsory.…

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Speed Dating @ Māoriland

March 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm NZDT
Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street
Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast New Zealand
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Accessible by industry and filmmaker pass only Want to meet an international festival director? Or connect with a filmmaker or funder? Māoriland Speed Dating puts you in direct contact with some of the enablers in the industry. 

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Māoriland Keynote Address

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm NZDT
Rangiātea Church, 33 Te Rauparaha St
Ōtaki, 5512 New Zealand
$6

The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori Filmmaker. It is presented at the unique whare karakia that is the Rangiatea Church. Past keynote speakers were: Tainui Stephens, Lawrence Makaore, Larry Parr, Julian and Mabelle Dennison, Rawiri Paratene, and Hepiri and Awatea Mita. BOOK TICKETS

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Opening Night Film: The Legend of Baron To’a

March 18 @ 9:00 pm NZDT
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dod6OhCYKo Every legend has a legacy... When his late father’s priceless championship belt is stolen by a ruthless gang, a displaced Tongan man must reconnect with his father’s legacy to defeat the barbaric gang kingpin and get the title back. Year: 2020Running time: 1 hour 43 minutesDirector: Kiel McNaughtonLanguage: EnglishNation: Tonga, Māori BOOK TICKETS Opening the festival on March 18 is The Legend of Baron To’a, a Kiwi-sized blockbuster, with a lot of heart and all of the hallmarks of…

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MRFF: E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards

March 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm NZDT
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
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The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films from their perspective as young people in Aotearoa. It’s about empowering rangatahi to tell their own stories through film. Films screened in this session were made by rangatahi aged 12 - 24 during workshops in Kaitaia, Hokianga, Tāmaki Makaurau, Kirikiriroa, Rotorua and Ōtaki in 2019. Celebrate rangatahi storytelling at the annual E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards! Recommended for…

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MO TE IWI: Carving for the People

March 19 @ 11:00 am NZDT
Kakano, Ngā Purapura 145 Tasman Road
Ōtaki, 5512 New Zealand
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$6

Year: 2019 Director: Robin Greenberg Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Atiawa BOOK TICKETS Traditional carver Rangi Hetet is one of the last remaining carvers of a group, led by Hone Taiapa, called 'Kōnae Aronui'. For those who know little about whakairo, the film gives an insight into the life of a carver and the maintenance of art forms that are native to Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Masterclass; How do I find private support for my project?

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm NZDT
Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street
Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast New Zealand
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Accessible by industry and filmmaker pass only In this masterclass, filmmakers share their experiences and successes in getting private support.

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Bellbird – Te Reo Māori

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm NZDT
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
$6

Year: 2018 Director: Hamish Bennett Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes Language: English with Te Reo Māori Subtitles Nation: Ngāti Whakaue, Patuharakeke, Kati Waewae BOOK TICKETS Screened with te reo Māori subtitles Set over four seasons on a humble Northland dairy farm, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son, and the local community.

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Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan

March 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NZDT
Kakano, Ngā Purapura 145 Tasman Road
Ōtaki, 5512 New Zealand
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Year: 2019 Director: Naomi Mizoguchi Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes Language: Japanese with English Subtitle Nation: Ainu BOOK TICKETS The Ainu are the Indigenous people of Japan. Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was previously called Ainumosir, or ‘Land of the Ainu’. This documentary was filmed in Biratori town in Hokkaido.

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Year: 2019

Director: Naomi Mizoguchi

Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes

Language: Japanese with English Subtitle

Nation: Ainu

The Ainu are the Indigenous people of Japan. Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was previously called Ainumosir, or ‘Land of the Ainu’. This documentary was filmed in Biratori town in Hokkaido.