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Peace a winner in Montreal

Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace has added to its award haul, picking up its second gong in Canada. Last year Webby’s doco took the Best Doco award at ImagineNative. This week it took second place at the Montreal First Peoples’ Festival.

Aussie Darlene Johnson’s short Bluey took the Best Short Film award. Blackhorse Lowe, a guest at the inaugural Maoriland Film Festival, took the festival’s Best Cinematography gong with Chasing the Light.

The festival presented two programmes of shorts curated by Wairoa Maori Film Festival’s Leo Koziol and Auckland Uni’s Deborah Walker. A Maori film programme included Richard Curtis’ Ahi Ka, Mike Jonathan’s Ow What, Todd Karehana’s The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers, Mika’s Taniwha, Tamati Ihaka’s Tawhiti, Tim Worrall’s Tits on a Bull and Rebecca Collins’ Tohunga.



The second programme, of NZ and Pacific films, included Lennie Hill’s Footsteps, Georges Tobella’s Her Husband, Darren Simmonds & Rob Mokaraka’s Inc’d, Christopher Kahunahana’s Lahaina Noon, Karin Williams’ Mou Piri, Tairei Deane’s Ohainu and Candida Keithley’s Whakataka Te Hau

Koziol and Walker presented the programmes in Montreal. Walker’s doco Déwé Gorodé: Ecrire le Pays (Write the Country), made with Neil Morrison, also played the festival.

The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival ran 3 – 10 August. The award winners were:

Teueikan Grand Prize (Creation)
Mekko, Sterlin Harjo, USA

Prix Rigoberta Menchu
Rigoberta Menchu Grand Prize

Gentil Cruz, passeur de mémoires, Philippe Brulois, France/R-U

Rigoberta Menchu Second Prize
The Price of Peace, Kim Webby, Nouvelle-Zélande

Best Short Film
Bluey, Darlene Johnson, Australia

Coup de Cœur Award
This River, Erika MacPherson, Katherena Vermette, Canada

Best Cinematography
Chasing The Light, Blackhorse Lowe, USA

Séquences Award for Best Documentary
Kome Urue. Los niños de la selva, Carlos Felipe Montoya, Colombia
Special distinction in the documentary category:
Hija de la laguna, Ernesto Cabellos Damián, Pérou

Best Animated Film
Returning, Elizabeth LaPensee

Main Film New Director Award
Qipisa, Myna Ishulutak, Canada

2016 APTN Award
Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Le Dep, The Oka Legacy)

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