8 November 2009

Flavorz10: Maori, Pasifika and Ethnic Diversity Film Festival

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Kuia Nganeko Minhinnick in Sophie Johnson's short film The Makings of a Kaitiaki. Photo: Flavorz09/PMC

Violet Cho

2009 - Ongoing
Winners at AUT University’s inaugural Flavorz09 film festival for student video makers say they are now inspired to break into the industry.

Sophie Johnson, who won the year three prize of $350 for her 12 minute documentary, The Makings of a Kaitiaki, was delighted with her success.

“I worked quite closely with a group of eight people and I know how hard each of them worked. I feel really honoured to receive this tonight,” she said.

“It was so amazingly rewarding. Then to be able to see your images up on the big screen like this, and see people’s reactions, it is so rewarding.”

The film was a short biopic about kuia Nganeko Minhinnick, a kaitiaki of the Manukau.

Hosting the public showing of 11 Māori, Pasifika and diversity short films for AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, presenter John Utanga, a producer of TVNZ’s Tagata Pasifika programme, was impressed with the quality.

The festival was held for the second time on December 3, 2010.

Pictured right: Film maker John Pulu. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.