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Kay Ellmers to receive Mana Wahine award

Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Wairoa, 20 May 2014: Representatives from Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc. are proud to announce that the 2014 WIFT Mana Wahine Award will be presented to Kay Ellmers at the Gala Festival Awards at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, on Saturday May 31.

The 2014 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient is one of New Zealand’s most experienced documentary makers, Kay Ellmers (Ngati Tamateraa/Ngati Raukawa).

The judging panel were impressed with the range and purpose of the award winning documentaries and programmes Kay has initiated through her production company Tumanako Productions and in collaboration with other producers. She is a prolific multi-tasker having variously taken writing, directing and producing credits on projects commissioned across all three free to air channels.

She has also served as Deputy Chair of Nga Aho Whakaari. Documentaries such as He Toki Huna, Canvassing the Treaty and Polynesian Panthers reveal her interest and concern for exploring and illuminating issues affecting the well-being of New Zealand. Whanau, Powhiri – Welcome or Not, The Trouble with Words and Hikoi: Inside Out further demonstrate her “support and promotion of Maori culture, Te Reo Maori, Tikanga and the Welfare and Stories of Aotearoa Wahine.”

Tickets for the Awards Gala and Film Festival can be booked at Eventfinder – Gala Awards $45 and Festival Pass $100.

The documentary He Toki Huna: NZ In Afghanistan will screen at the festival on Sunday Morning June 1 at 10.30 a.m., with both Kay Ellmers and Annie Goldson, co-directors, present.

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival this year has 14 screenings and over 50 films, including documentaries, shorts and feature drama. Guests in attendance include international film makers from Hawaii, Tahiti, USA and Poland. Screenings are in Kahungunu Marae, famed for featuring in scenes of John O’Shea’s Broken Barrier in 1955. Opening night is a special preview of The Darkside by Warwick Thornton, presented in association with the New Zealand International Film Festival. Closing night is “Bush Cinema,” underground shorts at the Morere School Hall with the hot springs open until late.

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