Screenies is a new international film and media festival for children (3–15 years) in Auckland.
Children’s film festivals are much-loved events worldwide and we are proud to bring New Zealand’s first dedicated film festival for kids to New Zealand.
Why A Film Festival?
Preparing our young people to thrive in a rapidly developing global media environment requires a sense of their place in the world. Increasingly young people gain their knowledge of the world from media. Screenies aims to bring diverse cultural cinema and new digital experiences to Auckland and all Kiwi kids as we grow.
What about the films?
Screenies 2016 features packages of short films from around the world, curated by Little Big Shots in Australia, a successful children’s festival now in its 11th year.
We have a programme of award winning international feature films to be premiered on the big screen for a new generation and a selection of short films from around the world.
Screenies is launching at TAPAC, giving children in the local community a place to meet and be inspired through screenings, and engaged through interactive workshops and hands on activities.
Janette HoweChief Screenie
Janette Howe has many years in the screen industry as a documentary maker and advocate for children and media as Chair for the NZ Children’s Screen Trust (Kidsonscreen). “Screenies” furthers her commitment to bring children quality screen content and giving them an opportunity to tell their own stories. Janette is a 2015 ART Venture creative entrepreneur award recipient.
Carmela DiazDesign Screenie
Carmela Diaz is a freelance graphic designer who is into art, music, and all things weird and dreamy. She has worked with indie bands abroad and has done quite a number of projects for various events and companies around New Zealand and the Philippines. She recently participated in an exhibition at Matchbox Studios in Wellington, and is looking forward to joining another one again in the near future.
Russ KingCommunity Screenie
Born and raised in Canada, Russ has worked with children since he was fourteen years old. After finishing high school, he came to NZ to study film and drama at the University of Auckland. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in Drama with a focus on writing and directing. Russ has worked in children’s entertainment both as a performer and behind the scenes and has his own theatre company where he writes and produces plays for children.
Paulina ChenMarketing Screenie
Paulina left Auckland at fifteen to study abroad in Taiwan before finding herself in England for university. She is currently studying Marketing and Management at the University of Exeter. Although she has lived many years overseas, she will always be a proud Aucklander. She loves to travel and meet people from all around the world.
Brittany ColeEvent Management Screenie
Brittany Cole is a recent school leaver, whose passionate about events and festivals. She’s interested in books, languages and learning new things, and is currently learning NZSL. At Screenies she’s developing her skills and experience in event management, and is excited to be apart of the team.
Kris-Anne MulderEvent Management Screenie
Kris-Anne Mulder is currently study Cultural Social Population Development (CMV) at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
She is interested in art, documentaries and people from different cultures to work with their talents. She also loves to do a little dance we call life!