For five days in March, Ōtaki is home to the largest Indigenous Film Festival in the southern hemisphere presenting films from all over the world.
Put March 24 - 28 in your calendar now!
At Māoriland you will be transported around the world to places and peoples whose stories will intrigue and amaze.
Enjoy films, art, emerging technology, industry workshops and kōrero and more!
Meet the filmmakers and join the circle of Indigenous cinema.
Nau mai haere mai - we’ll see you there!
Māoriland Keynote Address - Rena Owen
24 Mar 2021
Te Rauparaha St, Ōtaki
The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori filmmaker. It is presented at Rangiātea Church. Past keynote speakers were Tainui Stephens, Lawrence Makoare, Larry Parr, Julian and Mabelle Dennison, Rawiri Paratene, Heperi and Awatea Mita and Temuera Morrison. Multi-award-winning actor Rena Owen will deliver the 2021 address. Rena (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) has been a prominent figure in the Aotearoa film industry for the past few decades and has had many industry successes abroad. Best known for her role as Beth Heke in Once Were Warriors, she has also earned accolades for her work since then; including nominations and wins for her roles in Dance Me to My Song, Shortland Street, and East West 101. Owen is one of only a handful of actors to have worked with both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, respectively. She also had a role in Toa Fraser’s 2014 film The Dead Lands. More recently, Rena featured in KaYaMenTa, an Indigenous documentary by Jules Koostachin that centres around the discussion of menopause through the lens of five Indigenous women. We will be screening KaYaMenTa at the Māoriland Film Festival as part of our He Tū Wahine programme on Thursday 25th March.
Opening Night Screening - Cousins
24 Mar 2021
Main St, Ōtaki
Join the cast and crew of Cousins for this red carpet screening. Based on Patricia Grace’s much-loved novel, Cousins is co-directed by Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner. Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances, yet bound together by blood. Orphaned Mata believes she has no whānau and lives out her lonely childhood in fear and bewilderment. Back home on the land, educated Makareta flees an arranged marriage to study law and begin the search for her missing cousin. She leaves behind cheeky yet dutiful Missy who takes on her role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women’s promise to bring their stolen cousin home seems more unlikely than ever, until a chance encounter changes everything.
Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival
25 – 26 Mar 2021
Main St, Ōtaki
The films in this programme have been selected for young people by Ngā Pakiaka, a group of rangatahi filmmakers aged 14-24. Many of the films in this programme were made by rangatahi filmmakers – come to the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival, travel the world through film and be inspired to tell your own stories. Schools enter by gold coin donation – bookings essential. Contact Māoriland to book your seats. Our programmes for the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival: - Koakoa Shorts - Thursday 25th March, 9:30am - He Herenga Waka - Thursday 25th March, 11:30am - E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards - Friday 26th March, 9:30am - Hononga Shorts (Recommended for age 13+) - Friday 26th March, 11:30am
E Tū Whānau Awards
26 Mar 2021
Main St, Ōtaki
The premiere of films made by rangatahi aged 12-24 at Māoriland Rangatahi-led filmmaking workshops across Aotearoa. Prizes will be awarded to Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and many more. Rangatahi entry by gold coin donation.
Free Whānau Screening - Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters
27 Mar 2021
Main St, Ōtaki
A precocious, self absorbed little girl finds herself in wildly unfamiliar territory when she makes a wish. There, she encounters a band of highly unusual characters who change the course of her destiny. Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters is an Indigenous film directed by Bisi Adetayo from Nigeria. Its something that the whole whānau can enjoy. Note: While this is free, be sure to still book your tickets online beforehand!
Māoriland Red Carpet Party with Troy Kingi
28 Mar 2021
68 Main St, Otaki, Ōtaki
Put on your most glam outfit and walk the red carpet for the annual Māoriland Red Carpet Party. A celebration of all the filmmakers and their collaborators at MFF2021. Featuring the multi award-winning musical artist Troy Kingi and band. An award is given to the film voted as ‘the people’s choice for MFF2021’. There are also prizes for Red Carpet attendees in the following categories: - Best Regalia - Best “Dress” & Best “Suit” - Most Sequins - Best outfit purchased from a local Op shop (must show receipt of sale). Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) is an actor and a multi-genre musician originally from Rotorua, Te Kaha and Te Aute. A small-town boy at heart, Kingi is now based in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, where he lives a pretty simple life with his wife and five children. Described by the New Zealand Music Commission as “our Northland treasure”, Kingi rose to fame after the release of his first two multi-award-winning albums Guitar Party at Uncles Bach and Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron, along with memorable major roles in Kiwi films including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Pā Boys, Mt Zion and The Kick. Over and above his love for acting, Kingi’s passion for music has led to a successful and ever-expanding artistic career. A hard taskmaster on his own creativity, Kingi is nearing the mid-point of his aspirational 1O 1O 1O Series (to release 10 albums in 10 genres in 10 years). He is a prolific songwriter and serial collaborator, with voracious capacity and freakish efficiency. He is also an experienced teacher with an affinity for empowering the young, having been a New Zealand Music Commission mentor since 2015, working with high school students across Aotearoa, as well as a mentor on Songs From the Inside, a TV series aimed at rehabilitating inmates through songwriting. Kingi is the 2020 recipient of the Mātairangi Mahi Toi Māori Artist Residency at Government House, a partnership between the Office of the Governor-General of New Zealand and Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts at Massey University Wellington.