May 13, 2021

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Attention Maori in Film: Applications for Funding now open (closing April 19)

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Te Paepae Ataata Charitable Trust is currently inviting applications for funding from Maori writers and film-makers to write and develop feature films.

The current round closes on Monday 19th April 2010. Additional submission rounds close on 12 July and 25 October 2010.

Applicants may apply for funding towards the cost of a mentor or other additional costs to assist in the development of a project. The level of funding will be determined by Te Paepae Ataata.

An application form and guidelines are available at

For more information contact Renee Mark on 027 224 4541 or via email: [email protected]


The Paepae are: Ainsley Gardiner, Rawiri Paratene, Tainui Stephens, Merata Mita, and Kathryn Akuhata-Brown.

Te Paepae Ataata is an Incorporated Charitable Trust that has been operating since 2008.

The purposes of Te Paepae Ataata are:

  • To identify and support Maori filmmakers.
  • To nurture Maori cinema.
  • To develop select scripts to production readiness.
  • To celebrate the film voice of tangata whenua.

Kia poipoia ko te ao kiriata Maori. Kia penapenahia ko ng?a hotuhi kia puawai mai. Kia hari i roto i te reo kiriata o te tangata whenua.

2 thoughts on “Attention Maori in Film: Applications for Funding now open (closing April 19)


    Peter Turei, from Nga Aho Whakaari – Maori working in film, video and television, says the critical praise for Taika Waititi’s new film Boy shows there's an international appetite for well-told Maori stories.

    He believes there's no shortage of Maori writers with good ideas.

    Mr Turei is hoping there will be a similar gem amongst the scripts put forward to Te Paepae Ataata… a group of senior Maori filmmakers who mentor and fund and oversee Maori films on behalf of the NZ Film Commission.

    He says almost 20 scripts have been submitted already, so the aim now is to create an environment some of those films can be made.

    The long term aim has got to be a reo Maori film winning the best foreign language movie at some future Oscars.


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