Sep 15: Haka and Guitars headlines Raglan Film Festival

Raglan Film Festival opens Friday, September 15 at 7pm with a Kiwi film Haka and Guitars, fine food and continues with bevy of international films.

The international line-up includes My Pet Dinosaur for the kids, The Artist’s Garden for art lovers and gardeners, an Italian comedy of manners – Perfect Strangers, legendary skate movie – Lords of Dogtown, a hard-hitting exploration of USA race relations – I am Not Your Negro and a look at the life of influential rapper Tupac in All Eyez on Me.

Hastings filmmaker William Watson brings Haka and Guitars to the Raglan Film Festival opening night.

The award-winning documentary recently screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and has picked up a string of awards including best world peace documentary in the Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative.

Attending the opening night screening, Watson will discuss the highs and lows of a film that was 12-years in the making.

Set during the Pacific’s most bloody Civil War, the New Zealand Army found a way to achieve peace without guns and violence. Through the powerful influence of women and multiculturalism Haka and Guitars shows the world there is a way to achieve peace in our time.

Former NZ Army Major Fiona Cassidy (NgatiKuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) returns to Bougainville to reflect on ‘Operation Belisi’, modern history’s most successful peacekeeping mission.

Check out this gem of a Kiwi film on opening night and get in quick for tickets which includes food cooked by Raglan kaumatua and a drink.

Plus an extra bonus:

Leanna and Dan- Steps, Stairs, Stairwells

Follow Raglan fire fighters Leanna and Dan Mills as they train for then compete in firefighter stair climbing competitions. Documentary/ 20 mins / New Zealand/ 2017

Support the local kaumatua and head down to the Old School for choice kai for sale from 5pm for those not attending the film – $5 for seafood chowder or pumpkin soup and fry bread, $2.50 for delicious Top Cut sausage and bread, $2 for fry bread, butter and golden syrup.

RFF Opening Night- Haka and Guitars with Filmmaker followed by Leanna and Dan: Steps, Stairs, Stairwells

Friday, September 15 – food on sale from 5pm, bar opens at 7pm and movie begins at 8pm

Adults $15, Concession $12, Children $8– ticket prices include food and a drink.  Licensed bar available. Book online:
All other festival tickets Adults $15, Concession $12, Children $8, Multi-entry Special – six sessions for the price of four $60.

haka and guitars trailer 30 final from Will Watson on Vimeo.

And a big thank you to our supporters:

RAFFA Nomination Final Cutdown

Nomination deadline for the 2017 Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA) has been extended to Friday, August 25.

The judges are looking for over 18-year-old filmmakers to get their cameras rolling for the opportunity to win a share in over $1400 of cash prizes.

Adult filmmakers can enter their work in the Emerging Artist category for a first-time entrant or in the Drama, Documentary and Experimental categories.

The film must be associated with Raglan Whaingaroa – either the filmmakers, production crew or actors, or part of the film must have been shot or edited in Raglan.

Awards designed by Chris Meek and prizes – including Soundsplash tickets, vouchers and cash – will be presented at a Red Carpet Awards night on Saturday, September 23 at the Old School Arts Centre.

Download an application form at or contact us at the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street, 07 825 0023 or [email protected] for more details.


Media enquiries: Jacqueline Anderson, 07 825 0023, [email protected]

Ready, set, action for the RAFFAs 2017

Get your entries in for the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards 2017 and be in to win a share of over $1200 in cash prizes.

Closing Monday, July 31, the red carpet beckons local filmmakers and actors to nominate a movie of any length and genre, provided they have a link with the Raglan Whaingaroa region.

As well as cash prizes, Soundsplash tickets and a variety of vouchers up for grabs, awards crafted by local sculptor Chris Meek will be presented to the winners at the Red Carpet event on Saturday, September 23.

The RAFFAs run alongside the popular Raglan Film Festival from September 15-23, featuring films from New Zealand and overseas.

This year nominations have opened for young and emerging talent with categories for Tamariki – under 12, Rangatahi – 13 to 18 and Emerging Artist as well as Drama, Documentary and Experimental.

The film must be associated with Raglan Whaingaroa – either the filmmakers, production crew or actors, or part of the film must have been shot or edited in Raglan.

Download an application form at or contact us at the Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street, 07 825 0023 or [email protected] for more details. Deadline for nominations is Monday, July 31.


Don’t forget to keep an eye out for full details of the 2017 Raglan Film Festival in the coming weeks.