We are delighted that this year the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto has turned its international spotlight on Māori artists.
imagineNATIVE is arguably the world’s largest festival of indigenous films and media arts. This year the festival will screen more than a hundred films including documentaries, shorts and feature films between 16 and 20 October.
The Māori films include Mana Waka, The Neglected Miracle, Fresh Meat, Mt Zion and two shorts programmes comprising Tangaroa (God of the Sea), Meathead, Night Shift, Ellen is Leaving, Baby Steps, The Little Things, Butterfly, The Lawnmower Men of Kapu, Pumanawa (The Gift), Nine of Hearts and Two Cars, One Night.
Sounds Perfect will also screen in the comedy shorts section, short film Milk & Honey (about the dawn raids on Pacific Islanders in New Zealand) will screen in the international shorts section and feature film Shopping, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (Samoan), will also screen at the festival.
A number of special events will be held in conjunction with the screenings including panel discussions and workshops with several Māori filmmakers and media artists attending the festival. The New Zealand Film Commission’s Development Executive and Fresh Meat writer Briar Grace-Smith will be speaking on a number of panels.
We are proud to be able to support this event highlighting many of New Zealand’s talented Māori and Pacific filmmakers and artists and celebrating important indigenous stories and art.
You can read more about imagineNATIVE here.