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HIFF takes eight

The Hawaii International Film Festival has named eight NZ titles in this year’s selection.
Wendell Cooke’s Loner and Hamish Bennett’sRoss And Beth will play in the festival’s Turning Point Shorts programme.

The Pacific Showcase programme has Rene Naufahu’s The Last Saint (pictured) and two docos: Briar March’s A Place To Call Home and Sarah Grohnert’s Ever The Land.

Three shorts, all of them winners at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, are also named in the Pacific Showcase line-up: Tim Worrall’s Tits On A Bull, Mike Jonathan’s Ow What! and Richard Curtis’ Ahi Kā. All three filmmakers are members of Rotorua’s Steambox Films collective.

Eight Australian titles are also in the mix, including The Cambodian Space Project, Paper Planes and Tyke Elephant Outlaw, screened here in this year’s Doc Edge Festival.

Ahead of the festival organisers will run a series of Lab programmes for writers, directors and producers. This year the Labs have a strong focus on new media and strategies for monetising online content.

The Hawaii International Film Festival runs 12 – 22 November.

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