Exciting opportunity for RIFF filmmakers

The Steambox Film Collective. Image: supplied

Filmmakers have the opportunity to sell their content to international industry executives at this month’s Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival.

Now into its second year, the festival is offering indigenous film and television makers the opportunity to sell their content to top industry executives, Linda O'Shaughnessy, from Canadian Indigenous TV APTN, and Anusha Lee from Indigenous TV Australia NITV.

Festival Director, Piripi Curtis says the opportunity is modelled on the renowned MIPCOM, an annual event held in Cannes, providing a networking hub for film makers and producers to buy and sell content from around the globe.

Piripi met Linda O'Shaughnessy when he attended MIPCOM a number of years ago and was successful in selling his own TV content to her.

“Linda and Anusha will be looking for content from independent producers, both experienced and emerging, to create and share unique stories that inspire and lead to a greater understanding of indigenous people and culture”.

“The best outcome we can hope for is that our producers get to sign a deal to sell their shows into Australia and Canada as this will help strengthen our local indigenous film and television industry while growing our connections to our indigenous brothers and sisters abroad.” he says.

Appointments will also be available for producers and film makers to meet with New Zealand Film Commission, TVNZ, Prime TV, Māori Television, Te Māngai Pāho, Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air.

RIFF was created by a group of Rotorua film makers, Piripi Curtis, Mike Jonathan and Lara Northcroft of the Steambox Film Collective.

It is a three-day event that begins September 26 and brings some of the best indigenous films from around the world, says Piripi.

RIFF is part of the Aronui Arts Festival and showcases a diverse range of art forms including theatre, te reo Māori, music, writing, visual and traditional art as well as film.

The 15-minute appointments are open to registered members of RIFF. You can register at www.riffnz.com


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