The first night included a screening of Waru, a feature length film that was created by eight wahine Maori filmmakers. The second night was a screening of seven short films that were created by Pasifika & Maori film practitioners.
Guest speaker Renae Maihi also attended the festival to represent two of her films, Waru and Butterfly (Purerehua).
“The reaction from people who attended the Saturday night was extremely positive and I’m definitely aiming to make it an annual event” says Joshua.
Renae Maihi also concluded that it is very uncommon to have a first-time film festival pull in a big crowd during Saturday night’s screening.
Joshua is a recent graduate from the Unitec Institute of Technology and was very happy to have received an overwhelming amount of support leading up to the festival.
He would like to thank Repeta Puna and the team at the Ministry of Cultural Development for creating a partnership with the film festival and for supporting the event, Anaa & Francis Dyer from Auto Tech Cook Islands Ltd for sponsoring Renae’s flight, Kristina Tatum from Island Car & Bike Hire for sponsoring a rental car for the event, Jaiah Arai for the photography on the night, plus all the friends and family who attended the Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Joshua’s next short film will be based on his home island of Mangaia and he aims to have it completed by November this year.