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Wairoa Maori Film Festival Prizes

PRESS RELEASE: SUNDAY JUNE 12 2005

WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL PRIZES

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival Awards Night was held on Saturday June 4 2005. This is the official press release summarising the results of the Festival Prize Ceremony:

(1) SPONSOR: FESTIVAL PATRONS

INDIGENOUS ENTRY:

Runners-Up:
• Raven Tales, Directors Chris Kientz & Simon James
• Estos Delores Somos, Director Roberto Olivares

Prize to:
• TE TOA ANIWANIWA, Director & Producer Robert Pouwhare

LONG DOCUMENTARY (AOTEAROA):

Runners-Up:
• Hikoi Inside Out, Director Kay Elmes, Producer Aroha Shelford
• Hone Tuwhare: The Return Home, Director & Producer Michelle McGregor

Prize to:
• TUHOE: A HISTORY OF RESISTANCE, Director & Producer Robert Pouwhare

SHORT DOCUMENTARY (AOTEAROA):

Runners-Up:
• Passion & Conflict, Director & Producer Tony Burt
• Turangawaewae: A Place to Stand, Director Steven Mahoney, Producer Julian McCarthy

Prize to:
• BUY CULTURALISM, Director & Producer Mark Sweeney (Wellington High School)

BEST DRAMATIC SHORT (AOTEAROA):

Runners-Up:
• Kerosene Creek, Director Michael Bennett, Producer Catherine Shelford
• Tama Tu, Director Taika Waititi, Producers Cliff Curtis & Ainsley Gardiner

Prize to:
• TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT, Director Taika Waititi, Producers Ainsley Gardiner &
Catherine Fitzgerald

FEATURE PRIZE:


• WHALE RIDER, Director Niki Caro

(2) SPONSOR: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ALL ROADS FILM PROJECT

FESTIVAL SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION:

The following four films will be recommended for special inclusion to the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, to be held in Washington DC and Los Angeles, USA, in September 2005:
• Buy Culturalism, Director Mark Sweeney, Producer Mark Sweeney, Wellington High School
• Kerosene Creek, Short Film, Director Michael Bennett, Producer Catherine Fitzgerald
• Passion & Conflict, Short Documentary, Director Tony Burt
• The Little Things, Short Film, Director Reina Webster, Producer Catherine Fitzgerald

FESTIVAL PRIZE:


• PEAR TA MA ‘ON MAF / THE LAND HAS EYES, Feature, Dir.Vilsoni Hereniko, Rotuma, Fiji

The Festival Judges were Cliff Curtis, Merata Mita and Tania Cotter. Leo Koziol was jury mediator. Judges exempted themselves from the categories within which they were entrants. The Feature Prize was awarded by the Festival Judges as Audience Award judging process was not implemented due to circumstances beyond Festival control. No correspondence will be entered into.

ENDS

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