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Wairoa 2012 set to roll

The 2012 edition of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will again run in its traditional Queens Birthday weekend slot, taking advantage of the last stat before winter settles in.

Opening on the Thursday evening with John O’Shea’s 1952 feature Broken Barrier and closing on Sunday evening with a double bill of Billy T: Te Movie and Sione’s 2, the festival awards run Saturday evening.

Other features include Kathleen Gallagher’s Sky Whisperers, Tusi Tamasese’s The Orator and Ella Henry’s recently-completed Wairua Auaha.

The festival’s workshop programme presents “Village Voices”, Brad Haami on telling local stories, and a Nga Aho Whakaari/AUT session on nurturing talent. In and amongst are a huge number of short and mid-length films – mostly from here with a smattering of others from around the Pacifc.

Saturday evening’s Gala will present seven awards, four of them judged (Best International Indigenous Entry, Best Aotearoa Feature Drama or Documentary, the WIFT Mana Wahine Award and the Mana Wairoa Festival Prize for the best overall entry), three by audience acclaim (Best Actor & Actress – Short Film, and Best Short Film).

The full festival programme is now online.

For those unable to attend, a taster will be on offer later in the year. The festival will curate a programme of recent Maori and Pasifika short films for the New Zealand International Film Festival, which will screen in Auckland and Wellington.

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