Manukau Film Festival Wrap [F]

Last weekend (Saturday 8th) I attended (unfashionably late) the Wrap event for the Manukau Film Festival held at the historic Metro Theatre, Mangere, Auckland. With no windows to peer through, it took me a stroll around the whole building before I realized this was the place.

Metro Theatre

There was an official MFF poster on the front door but some guy ripped it down while I was walking along the pavement.

Now inside, and welcomed by that guy; Brett Stirling, Project Manager of Manukau’s inaugural Film Festival; I was pleased to meet him. We spoke briefly after the event ended and he was confident that the Manukau Film Festival would be an Annual Event.

Let’s hope so; even if the Council has no interest in supporting such a thing, which sounds very unlikely; Manukau film and regional south Auckland arts is growing renown.

Manukau Film Festival

The main hall was dark with a projection screen on stage, near 20 seats on the floor and a table of food and wine set up at the back. I leant against the back wall drinking orange juice when approached by Leilani Kake, Creative Director of the Manukau Film Festival. Then it didn’t bother me so much that I was late, because we got to talk about the festival.

Leilani Kake is described as “one of the most exciting contemporary Pacific visual artists practising in New Zealand today” definitely a name to keep an eye open for.

From a very [very very] short call-out for short film submissions [Aug-Sep] they received over 30. [A lot] From those 30 films, Leilani selected 21; some being turn-down due to graphic violence/language and APRA [Australasian Performing Right Association] related copyright issues.

The quality of films was of high standard, entertaining, mature and interesting. Among the selection of films were Taika Waititi’s “TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT” and the New Zealand Premiere of Brett Wagner’s “CHIEF”.

I guess we have Leilani to thank for all this, and man am I thankful to have been a part. Overall, The Manukau Film Festival was a definite success.

Congrats to Leilani, Brett, Creative Tangata Productions, Manukau Arts, Manukau City Council, participating Filmmakers, event Supporters and Philanthropists.

Thank you!

~ by Fionnlagh on November 15, 2008.

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