Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me maunga teitei – Pursue that which is precious, and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain.
The whakatauki that the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival is grounded upon encourages one to strive, to set goals and to persevere. The words have been encouraging us for the past three years and we’re back for another one, bigger than ever!
Aotearoa Maori Film Festival (AMFF) began in 2013 with 5 short films. Curated by Leo Koziol of The Wairoa Film Festival, it was the very first Maori Film Festival outside of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is based in Aotearoa and has partnered with the Sydney Maori Business Network to create the AMFF now to be an annual event.
In 2014, AMFF was presented in Sydney and Brisbane. Another great collection of Maori short films were showcased August 22-23 at the Hurstville Civic Centre, SYDNEY and September 5-6 at the Kingston Butter Factory. In 2014 the AMFF Sydney had an exciting addition to the festival: The Tamariki Filmmaking Workshop. It was an absolute success. 16 tamariki took part in the five hour long intensive filmmaking workshop in which they all created a short movie trailer based on whakatauki Maori (Maori proverbial sayings). The Tamriki Filmmaking Workshop is back for 2015! Read more here.