Issue date: 
Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Festival News: 

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF2023) 

Image: Monro (Guy Pearce) The Convert 2023. Photo Kirsty Griffin

The Convert, directed by Lee Tamahori, co-written by Shane Danielsen and Tamahori, produced by Robin Scholes, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum; and Uproar, co-directed by Paul Middleditch and Hamish Bennett, co-written by Sonia Whiteman and Bennett and produced by Emma Slade, Angela Cudd and Sandra Kailahi, will World Premiere in Special Presentation at TIFF.  

Image: Josh Waaka (Julian Dennison) Uproar 2023. Photo Marc Weakley. 

Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, will also World Premiere at TIFF in Special Presentation. 

The Convert actor Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne has been selected as a TIFF Rising Star and a Share Her Journey Fellow. Rising Stars features actors on the verge of making a large impact on the international stage and provides them with an exclusive opportunity to experience and engage in professional development and mentorship sessions and industry events that provide valuable networking opportunities with established creatives at the Festival. 

International Festival News 

Joika, an official Polish/New Zealand co-production, written and directed by James Napier Robertson, produced by Belindalee Hope, Tom Hern (for New Zealand) and Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska (for Poland) will have its World Premiere in the Premières strand of the 49th Deauville American Film Festival. 

Red, White and Brass, will screen in the World Cinema programme of Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, followed by screenings at the Port Townsend Film Festival and Lost Weekend Film Festival. The film recently screened at the Irish Film Institute’s Family Festival in Dublin, and Korea’s Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.   

Millie Lies Low, is announced to screen at the Antipodes Film Festival in Saint-Tropez. 

We Are Still Here, screened as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Whetū Mārama: Bright Star and A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu, screened at the Présence Autochtone International First Peoples’ Festival Montréal, along with short films, Kōkako, A Morning with Aroha, Bringing Mere Home, He Karu He Taringa, The Difference Between Pipi and Pūpū, Street Lights, Ruarangi, The Retrieval, The Voyager’s Legacy and The Brylcreem Boys

Whale Rider, Mahana and White Lies, screened in Présence Autochtone’s Retrospective on Witi Ihimaera films, with Ihimaera in attendance. 

Short film Kitchen Sink, is screening as part of L’Etrange Festival, at Forum des Images in Paris. 


Congratulations to: 

The winners of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival’s 2023 New Zealand’s Best Jury Awards, listed here and winners of the 2023 Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Awards, listed here.  

The New Zealand winners of the Présence Autochtone International First Peoples’ Festival Awards, listed here

Producer Morgan Leigh Stewart, receiving the Best Pitch Award for So Lonely I Could Die at Melbourne International Film Festival’s 37º South Market. 

Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi 2023 Laureates, Annie Goldson ONZM received the Dame Gaylene Preston Documentary Film Makers Award (Discipline: Documentary Film), and Fiona Clark received the My ART Visual Arts Award (Discipline: Visual Activist/ Photographer). 


Last updated: 
Tuesday, 5 September 2023