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A mural of a tui painted with a MAORILAND sign at Maoriland Film Festival.

Māoriland Film Festival

Now in its eleventh year, Māoriland Film Festival 2024 includes 168 films and video works. New Zealand filmmakers have made 56 of these. Feature films, short films, and documentaries make up the majority of the programme. There’s also a M.A.T.C.H Exhibition featuring 24 experimental, digital, interactive, animation, and game works. Filmmakers from over 111 Indigenous nations are represented in the five-day celebration of cinema.

Alongside film screenings, the festival will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers, film industry kōrero, and exhibitions. This year’s theme is “Kia Tau Te Rongomau” or, a call for peace. Several artists have responded to the theme with an exhibition down Ōtaki’s Main Street. 

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Festival director Madeleine Hakaraia de Young said “It’s never been more important for Indigenous voices to be heard. We see the power of film storytelling to grow empathy and create change. Every success in our Indigenous screen community grows our ability to go further.” 

Since being established in 2014, Māoriland has become a highlight in the events calendar for Ōtaki and the Kāpiti Coast. It has become an essential event for Indigenous filmmakers globally, attracting participants and tourists alike to the region. Films are screened in venues around Ōtaki, including the Māoriland Hub. A home for creativity and diversity, the hub is open year-round in Ōtaki Village. It houses Toi Matarau Art Gallery, the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub, Māoriland Productions, and the Māoriland Filmmaker Residency.