NZIFF: Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Competition Finalists

Perfect Storm by Guild member Morag Brownlie is a finalist in NZIFF’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Competition.

Directed, produced and edited by Morag, Perfect Storm follows one man’s enforced isolation on the wild west coast of Tāmaki Makaurau, as he paces the beach and wonders whether he will see those dear to him again. Dramatic, majestic, intimate and moving, this short documentary is sure to resonate with all who have been separated from their loved ones.

A Morning With Aroha, directed by Nicholas Rinni and edited by Francis Glenday (DEGANZ), is another finalist. The short film follows young Aroha as she embarks on her mission with increasing urgency, whilst her family begin to wonder about where she could be.

As Ngā Whanaunga is a competitive section of the New Zealand International Film Festival, all films in the collection are eligible for the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film ($3000 cash prize), as judged by a jury. Audience members at Auckland and Wellington screenings will also vote for the winner of the Letterboxd Audience Award, a cash prize of $1000.

Congratulations to Morag, Francis and their teams on this achievement. The finalists were selected by Leo Koziol and Craig Fasi, and will screen during NZIFF in all festival locations.

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Last updated on 30 June 2022