Māoriland Film Festival
Aotearoa’s international Indigenous Film Festival
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We Look To The Past So The Future May Be Different
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.
8 pm, Wednesday 15 March
See the full schedule of films at MFF2023
5:30 pm, Wednesday 15 March
The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori filmmaker.
Libby will be giving the Māoriland Keynote Address at Rangiātea Church showing excerpts from the films that Māoriland Films of the 1920’s created in Ōtaki as well as some of the productions she has been involved in over her 30+ years in the industry. Libby will also share the Māoriland vision for the future including capacity building with rangatahi.
A Boy Called Piano
The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu
3:00 pm, Sunday 19 March
A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu tells the remarkable story of Fa’amoana’s time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences.
Directed by Nina Nawalowalo, produced by Katherine Wyeth, with Executive Producer Tom McCrory and starring Fa’amoana himself, his son Matthias and grandson’s Tane and Micah, alongside Aaron McGregor, Tupe Lualua and Patrick Nawalowalo McCrory, with a stunning score by Mark Vanilau.
6:15 pm, Saturday 18 March
An orphaned Indigenous girl is forced to live with her reluctant, street-smart, francophone aunty and her two best friends in 80’s Montreal.
6 pm, Sunday 19 March
Set in Pang, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean, Maika wakes up to another typical day of her summer holiday. 24 hours of sunlight, no School, no cool boys (well… except one). But Maika and her ragtag friends are suddenly forced into action when they uncover an alien invasion. But these teenagers have been underestimated their whole lives, and using makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, they are swing into action to defend their home.
Māoriland Red Carpet Party
with The Modern Māori Quartet
8 pm, Sunday 19 March
Get the dancefloor moving with the Modern Māori Quartet, as they take you on a musical ride through their ’80s mixtape’.
Romancing the past with memories of mana motuhake as it used to be, made into reality.
Presented with support from the Vodafone Foundation
The Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is a training and creative space for rangatahi to upskill and unleash their creative potential using software and digital tools. Animation, graphic design, game development, VR, XR – MATCH aims to pathway rangatahi Māori into high-value jobs in the rapidly growing tech creative industries.
Visit the M.A.T.C.H space at the Māoriland Hub during MFF2023 and see what rangatahi have created!
E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards
Te Ao Pohewa
Te Ao Pūmau
Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival
Films for young people!
Don’t miss out on seeing your films!
Tickets on sale from 12pm (NZDT) Tuesday 14 February.
Purchase your tickets in advance via iticket.co.nz or at the Māoriland Hub.