Saturday 12 August saw a great evening at The Roxy Cinema in Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara with the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2023 Awards night. Eight short films from Aotearoa and the Pacific were selected by curators Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival where they have and will continue to screen during NZIFF in all festival locations.
The selected shorts this year are: Tulouna Le Lagi by Pati Tyrell, Kōkako by Douglas Brooks, Whakaako kia Whakaora / Educate to Liberate by Robert George, The Last Sunday by Saito Lilo, Mako by Mark Papalii, Bringing Mere Home by Keelan Walker, He Pounamu Ko Āu by Tia Barrett, and I Am Paradise by Hiona Henare.
General Manager, Sally Woodfield, was in attendance to present this year's awards.
Read more about this event, here.