The best film in Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts as judged by an international jury, will receive the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film. This $3000 cash award will be presented at the in-cinema screening at Roxy Cinema in Wellington on Sunday 2 August.
The winner of an audience vote from the online audience and those at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland and Roxy Cinema, Wellington screenings will receive the Ngā Whanaunga CineMāori Audience Award. The $1000 cash award has been sponsored by CineMāori, the new online platform for Māori cinema. The winner will be announced on Sunday 2 August at the Festival closing ceremony, along with the Audience Award for NZ’s Best competition.
The inaugural Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film also hails the beginning of a three year partnership between Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival and the Wellington UNESCO City of Film office which will promote cinema in the region with particular focus on Māori and Pasifika film and makers, film heritage and youth.
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says Wellington UNESCO City of Film is proud to support Ngā Whanaunga at this year’s film festival. “Being designated an official UNESCO