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Māoriland at the Berlinale

Māoriland Film Festival, Ōtaki, 29 January 2015: Māoriland contributes to the Berlinale and the inaugural “NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema” presence at the prestigious European Film Market.

The Māoriland Film Festival is pleased to announce its participation in NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema, the first-ever market stand dedicated to promoting indigenous films and videos at the European Film Market (EFM) February 5-13, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The market stand is one of Māoriland’s numerous activities at the 65th Berlinale. This ‘A list’ film festival is again presenting NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema, a special series of films, videos and panels. This year’s focus is on indigenous Latin America.

The NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema booth (Gallery, Stand Number: G6, Martin-Gropius-Bau) is presented by a consortium of partners. The stand will be a focal point for international producers, sales agents, distributors, exhibitors and financiers interested in developing artistic and business relationships in the indigenous media arts industry. Our presence at the EFM will give Indigenous filmmakers the chance to connectdirectly with the industry.

“Māoriland will take an active role at the European Film Market. It is an important step forward in promoting Indigenous films, and at the same time expands our relationship with the Berlinale and other world class film festivals,” says Libby Hakaraia, Māoriland Film Festival Director.

Producer Tainui Stephens adds, “We also intend to showcase the rich and varied works of Maori filmmakers and give these artists the opportunity to reach a wider audience as well as to make more films.”

This pioneering initiative brings together a consortium of International Indigenous media arts partners including: The Canada Council for the Arts, Berlinale NATIVe, International Sámi Film Institute (ISF), Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program, Vision Maker Media, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Māoriland Film Festival, Indigenous Film Initiatives, and ImagineNATIVE.

The EFM stand will spotlight a roster of remarkable works made by Indigenous filmmakers from Aotearoa, Canada, Latin America, Sápmi (Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia), and the USA.

This exciting partnership coincides with the launch of Indigenouscinema.com, which provides additional details about the featured works and participating individuals.

NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema booth partners have also partnered with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin and Telefilm Canada to present a series of free films and events at the Embassy from February 10 – 13.

These include:

  • International Indigenous Shorts a collection of pivotal indigenous short films from around the world including four Maori stories.
  • 7 Sámi Stories an ISF-driven initiative of seven incredible new shorts by rising talent from Sápmi.
  • Reel Kanata – The Embargo Project a feature-packaged collection of The Embargo Collective II, five short films from five indigenous Canadian women.

Launched at the 63rd Berlinale in February 2013, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema has been devoted to the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous peoples worldwide. This year, the programme highlights Latin America with 18 fictional and documentary films made between 1986 and 2014, along with a number of special events featuring Indigenous filmmakers. Visit berlinale.de for more information on this special series.

The full listing of contacts, films and events in association with NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema at the EFM can be found here.

About Māoriland Film Festival
The Māoriland Film Festival launched in Ōtaki on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast in March 2014. It attracted filmmakers from around the country and world to a week of screenings at unique venues from marae to community halls and an outdoor cinema. In 2015 some 120 shortfilms, 10 features and a dozen documentaries will be shown with international indigenous filmmakers from NZ, Finland, Denmark, USA, Canada, Australia and the Pacific.

The Māoriland Film Festival runs from March 24-29, 2015 Ōtaki, New Zealand.

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