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The Wairoa Maori Film Festival Awards Night

Wednesday, 25 October 2006,
Wairoa Aotearoa New Zealand

THE WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS NIGHT was held on Saturday October 21 2006. This is the official press release presenting the results of the Festival Prize Ceremony:

(1) BEST INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ENTRY

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006
Best International Indigenous Entry
THE GATHERING: RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS
Producers: Kim Kindersley, Elaine Seiler,
Julian Lennon & Steve Tribbeck

(2) BEST DRAMATIC SHORT (AOTEAROA)

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006
Best Dramatic Short (Aotearoa)
THE SPEAKER
Director: Te Arepa Kahi
Producers: Quentin Hita, Te Arepa Kahi, Savage

(3) BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY (AOTEAROA)

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006
Best Short Documentary (Aotearoa)
SO FAR, YET SO CLOSE
Director: Sophie Zhang

(4) BEST LONG DOCUMENTARY (AOTEAROA)

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006
Best Short Documentary (Aotearoa)
SQUEEGEE BANDIT
Director: Sandor Lau
Producer: Rhonda Kite

(5) BEST TE REO MAORI ENTRY: TE REO MAORI PRIZE

Te Taurima Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa 2006
Te Reo Maori Prize
NGA KAITIAKI O TE MAURI
Director: Phil England
Producer: Lucy St. George

(6) FESTIVAL PRIZE

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006
Festival Prize & Best Feature Drama (Aotearoa)
THE WAIMATE CONSPIRACY
Director: Stefen Lewis

The Judges of this year's awards were the Festival Executive, with the assistance of advisors in the film industry. Where Executive Members were involved in the films being judged, they were exempted from the process.

* * * * *

Authorised by:

Leo Koziol
Tumuaki Director
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2006

ENDS


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