The films were the result of a free three-day workshop held by local creatives Motone Productions in conjunction with New Zealand’s Maoriland Charitable Trust at Ti-tikaveka College in September last year.
Part of the ‘Through Our Lens’ project – brainchild of New Zealand Maori filmmaker/producer Libby Hakaraia – the workshop was for people aged 11-23 and covered storyboarding, camera techniques, sound recording and editing, with tutors from the Maoriland Charitable Trust onboard to drive the filmmakers’ development.
“Twelve young aspiring filmmakers from Rarotonga came to the workshop held at Titikaveka College and produced three very different short films,” says Glenda Tuaine of Motone Productions.
“We are really proud that they will now be screened at the film festival in New Zealand.
“We will also be working on fundraising to get them all over to Otaki in March to see their films on the big screen and to provide them with access to other young filmmakers and film industry people to learn and network.”
The Maoriland Film Festival is an international indigenous film festival that celebrates indigenous voices and storytelling in film.
Taking place in Otaki on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast, it involves five days of film screenings, workshops and special events.
Mo Newport of Motone Productions is travelling to New Zealand to work on the Maoriland Film Festival in the technical department.
“This is a huge opportunity for these filmmakers,” he says. “We’re working hard to put this together for them so they can experience the business side of the indus-try.”
“Learning and talking with arts professionals is core to industry growth, so this trip is career development.”