By Ruci Farrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
A film festival director says Pacific film-makers are gaining a strong foothold on the international film festival circuit.
The Wairoa Māori Film Festival kicks off in Hawkes Bay tomorrow and will feature a cohort of emerging Pacific film-makers.
Director Leo Kolziol says Pacific film-makers are forging their own pathways and creating a big demand on the international film festival circuit.
"There's the Hawai'i International Film Festival and they are hungry for films made by Pasifika film-makers," he says.
Hawai'ian documentary 'Out of State' will feature in this year's Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Photo/ WMFF.
Kolziol says the industry is getting good traction in the Pacific with the Nuku'alofa Film Festival in Tonga, the Cook Islands Film Festival in Rarotonga and possibly a Samoan film festival.
"It's just so awesome to see that happening," he says
The weekend long festival will screen 50 short films and five feature movies at the Kahungunu Marae.