The seventh edition of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival closed on Monday, having handed out the awards on Saturday evening.
Most of the NZ films picking up prizes have already had some international festival success, while the most recently-completed will also screen at the NZIFF in the Wairoa-curated Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts programme.
Saturday’s Mana Wairoa Film Awards handed out seven gongs, three from the jury, three by popular acclaim and, for the second time, the WIFT-supported Mana Wahine award.
And the winners were …
Best Documentary of Drama Feature – Aotearoa
Operation 8, Abi King Jones and Errol Wright
Best International Indigenous Entry
Voices in the Clouds, Tony Coolidge
Mana Wairoa Festival Prize Best Overall Entry
The Orator/O Le Tulafale, Tusi Tamasese
Audience Award – Aotearoa Short Film Best Actor
Jesse James Rehu Pickery for Meathead
Audience Award – Aotearoa Short Film Best Actress
Mabelle Dennison for Whakatiki
Audience Award – Aotearoa Best Short Film
Lawnmower Men of Kapu, Libby Hakaraia
Mana Wahine award
Ella Henry, for services to the film industry