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High demand for Pacific films says festival director

31 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

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.