A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.
Director/Screenplay: Maruia Jensen Producer: Angela Cudd Photography: Raymond Edwards Editor: India Fremaux With: Scotty Cotter, Nicola Kawana, Tukairangi Maxwell, Villa Lemanu, Tomai Ihaia.
Hip hop producer Chance hides away from his friends while secretly grieving a massive loss. “Emotional wounds bleed with no warning and seemingly no medical aid to assist with the spiritual healing required - however, bad can be accompanied by good.” – CF
Director: Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand Producer: Peata Melbourne Screenplay: Aroha Awarau Photography: Tammy Williams Editor: Lisa Greenfield With: Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Kararaina Rangihau, Ella Edward.
When a burglary goes wrong, CJ must choose between his whānau and his next fix. “A whānau bond can't be broken apart, even if the trespasses made skew to forsaking not forgiving.” – LK
fire in the water, fire in the sky
Director/Screenplay: Mīria George Producer: Hone Kouka Photography: Elise Lanigan Editor: Lala Rolls With: Evotia-Rose Araiti, Samoana Nokise, Te Hau Winitana.
Sisters Tia and Ina are far from home. Tia is focused on her work, while the free-spirited Ina just wants to dance. ”The film traps you with curiosity to potentially discover the elusive existence of a better life. The sacrifice is real however the resolve is not guaranteed.” – CF
Director: Chantelle Burgoyne Producer: Marina McCartney Screenplay: Leilani Tamu, Chantelle Burgoyne Photography: Tammy Williams Editor: Annie Collins With: Lizzie Overhoff, Daniela Mika, Katerina Fatupaito.
Isabelle feels left behind as her teenaged older sister Tiana grows up leading to a moment of betrayal that threatens to shatter their relationship forever. “The unmistaken angst of running before learning to walk. A common and unfortunately incurable dilemma of many uninhibited, invincible youth of all generations. Learning fast is essential.” – CF
Director/Screenplay/Editor: Raymond Edwards Producers: Jimmy Crayford-Bollinger, Raymond Edwards Photography: Dave Garbett With: Lance Savali, Lydia Peckham.
James and Bella are in love, but Bella has a secret which could change their lives. “True love is tested in this engrossing tale saturated with East Coast light and modern romance angst.” – LK