The Mana Wairoa Maori Film Festival ran over the long weekend, handing out its prizes to worthy if largely predictable winners.
Pietra Brettkelly’s currently on-release Maori Boy Genius took away the Best Film award, with Brettkelly attending the festival as part of her ongoing tiki tour around smaller centres to present the film.
The international award went to the festival’s major international guest, Filipino Auraeus Solito for his feature Busong, aka Palawan Fate, the first in a proposed trilogy about the Palawan region and its people.
The film premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, going on to win Best Director in its native Philippines at the country’s indie film festival, Cinemalaya; and the FIPRESCI critics’ prize at Kazakhstan’s Eurasia International Film Festival.
Last year it won the Merata Mita Award at National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival in the US.
Beyond the festival appearance, Solito is presenting the film tonight (Wednesday 5 June) at 5:30 at The Film Archive, Wellington, and tomorrow (Thursday 6 June) at 6pm at, AUT, Auckland.
The Wairoa winners were:
International Indigenous Award
BUSONG by Auraeus Solito
Audience Award Short Film
I’M GOING TO MUM’S by Lauren Jackson
Audience Award Short Film – Best Actor
Duane Wichman Evans in I’M GOING TO MUM’S
Audience Award Short Film – Best Actress
Jahna Batt in BUTTERFLY
Best Documentary – Aotearoa
ALLAN BALDWIN IN FRAME by Tearepa Kahi
Mana Wairoa Award – Best Overall Festival Entry
MAORI BOY GENIUS
By Pietra Bretkelly & Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti
WIFT Mana Wahine Award