Māoriland Film Festival
Aotearoa’S International Indigenous Film Festival
Kia Tau Te Rongomau
Let there be peace
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. Māoriland is celebrated for its manaakitanga and community spirit. It is a place where creatives come to heal.
THE RECIPROCITY PROJECT
Māoriland Keynote Address
Kia Tau Te Rongomau
The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori filmmaker. Past keynote speakers were Tainui Stephens, Lawrence Makoare, Larry Parr, Julian and Mabelle Dennison, Rawiri Paratene, Heperi and Awatea Mita, Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Waihoroi Shortland and Libby Hakaraia.
Highly recognised Māori artists have responded to the theme of this year’s MFF Kia Tau Te Rongomau with captivating work in the Ōtaki township. The Māoriland Film Festival Arts Installation project is curated by Rachael Rākena, an Associate Professor and celebrated Kāi Tahu/Ngā Puhi video installation artist.
The installations feature the exceptional works of Regan Balzer (Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui), Tāme iti (Ngāi Tūhoe), Ngataiharuru Taepa (Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa), and Johnson Witehira (Tamahaki, Ngāi Tū-te-auru). We are immensely proud to have these esteemed artists as the MFF2024 Keynote Address.
The project is made possible through the generous support of an Arts Grant from Creative New Zealand.
Closing Night Film
It’s 1990. Benny is a Native American boy growing up in San Diego who plays with dolls and listens to Fleetwood Mac. Everything Benny thinks he knows about himself and his family is turned upside down when his parents force him to spend the summer at his Grandma Lorraine’s sheep ranch on the reservation in Arizona. There, he meets his cousin Dawn— AKA Frybread Face, a pudgy 11-year-old vagabond and tough-as-nails tomboy. Benny has never met anyone like her, and he is equally intimidated and impressed by her knowledge of Navajo language and tradition. Together, Benny and Fry create a memorable summer.
No door sales are available at screening venues.
You must have a pre-purchased ticket to enter.
68 Main Street Ōtaki,
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
Festival Week March 15 – 19: 9 am – 8:30 pm
0508 iTICKET (484-253)