Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival offers a rare opportunity for filmmakers

Calling all filmmakers and tertiary students of film, television and/or media: The 2022 Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival (RIFF) wants you!

Filmmakers, this is a great opportunity for you to sell your content to national and international industry executives. If you’re affiliated with any Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa group, you can access all films, party events, Manupirua Hot Pools screening, workshops, panels and masterclasses, and the Pitch-Slap contest.
Tertiary students over the age of 18 can access all films and festival events including Pitch-Slap.

RIFF is a three-day event held annually, showcasing indigenous films from around the world, as well as workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities for industry pass-holders.
RIFFCOM, a festival feature launched at RIFF2019, returns, offering indigenous film and television makers the opportunity to sell their content to local top-level industry executives as well as Anusha Lee, acquisitions manager for NITV (Indigenous TV Australia). In 2019, 66 appointments took place with approximately $40-50k of local content purchased.

The exclusive 10-minute appointments will be available to meet with the likes of the New Zealand Film Commission, TVNZ, Sky/Prime TV, Whaakata Māori, Te Māngai Pāho and more.

Festival director Piripi Curtis says RIFFCOM is modelled on the renowned MIPCOM held annually in Cannes to provide a premium networking hub for film makers and producers to buy and sell content from around the globe.

“The best outcome we can hope for is that our producers get to sign a deal to sell their shows abroad, helping to strengthen our local indigenous film and television industry while growing our connections to our indigenous brothers and sisters overseas,” says Curtis.

RIFF was created by a group of award-winning Rotorua film makers: Mike Jonathan, Piripi Curtis and Lara Northcroft of the Rotorua-based Steambox Film Collective.
RIFF 2022 will run from 29 to 30 September.

Check out the 2022 RIFF programme, and register for RIFFCOM here.

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