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Inc’d scores hat-trick at Wairoa

Darren Simmons’ short Inc’d took three prizes at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, including winning a free trip to next year’s Te Nati Film Festival in Tahiti.


After a disappointing box office run early in the year, Himiona Grace’s The Pa Boys took Wairoa’s Festival Prize at the Saturday evening gala. As announced prior to the event, Kay Ellmers was honoured as the recipient of this year’s WIFT Mana Wahine Award.

Inc'd: Sorry, I can't chat, I've got awards to collect.

Inc’d: Sorry, I can’t chat, I’ve got awards to collect.

The festival, which traditionally runs on Queen’s Birthday weekend, closes Sunday night with a screening of its Bush Cinema selection.

The 2014 Mana Wairoa Film awards winners were:

Te Nati Film Festival Award
2 tickets to Tahiti to attend Te Nati 2015
Inc’d by Darren Simmons

Best Actor
Short Film (AOTEAROA Audience Award)
Rob Mokaraka, Inc’d

Best Actress
Short Film (AOTEAROA Audience Award)
Christine Edwards, Ahi Ka

Best Short Film
(AOTEAROA Audience Award)
Trophy & $500
Sponsored by The Whakaki Smith Whanau
Inc’d by Darren Simmons

Best International Indigenous Entry
The Haumana by Keo Woolford

Best Aotearoa Feature Drama or Documentary
Prize: Trophy & $500
Sponsored by Brave Star Media
Kotiro Maori E by Sophronia Smith

WIFT Mana Wahine Award
Kay Ellmers

Mana Wairoa Festival Prize
(Best Overall Entry)
The Pa Boys, directed by Himiona Grace, produced by Mina Mathieson & Ainsley Gardiner

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