The NZFC has announced Multinesia Productions as a recipient of support under its He Ara scheme.The team includes Karin Williams, whose Mou Piri was made as part of the FilmRaro challenge and can be viewed on thecoconet.tv. Having lived and worked in the US for a decade, Williams was part of the Maori delegation participating in last year’s Media Makers conference in Hawaii.
Also in the mix is Victor Rodger, whose play Girl on a Corner opens at Auckland’s The Basement this week, directed by Kila Kokonut Krew’s Anapela Polaitavao and Vela Manusaute.
Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) who’s currently shooting Poi E and author Lani Wendt Young (the Telesa series) round out the Multinesia team.
Multinesia’s development slate includes a documentary, a drama and an international television series.
Recipients of He Ara support in the scheme’s inaugural funding round were Blacklands (Ainsley Gardiner and Bailey Mackey); South Pacific Pictures (Damon Fepulea’i, Teuila Blakely, Malo Luafutu, Oscar Kightley and Arnette Arapai with developers Rachel Jean and Elizabeth Mitchell); and Piki (Taika Waititi, Oscar Kightley, Louis Sutherland, Tusi Tamasese and Madeleine Sami with producers Carthew Neal and Leanne Saunders). Piki subsequently added comedienne Rose Matafeo (Jono & Ben at 10, 7 Days/em>) and Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid (Hook Ups) to the team.
The NZFC expects to announce a second recipient from round two shortly.