Screenies is an international film and media festival for children (3–15 years) in New Zealand/Aotearoa.


Children’s film festivals are much-loved events worldwide and we are proud to present New Zealand’s dedicated film festival for kids in 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 Kiwi kids in spaces where they can share ideas and create their own stories.

What about the films?

Screenies 2019 features packages of short films from around the world, curated by Little Big Shots in Australia, a successful children’s festival that tours in Australia.


We have a programme of award winning international feature films to be premiered on the big screen, workshops and New Zealand content made for kids.

Meet the Cast & Crew


Janette Howe

Chief 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.

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Jacinda Kumar

Design/Marketing Screenie

Jacinda defines herself as a dreamer, a believer, a maker, and a doer. That’s how difficult it is to put creative artists in a box! She recently graduated with a MFA (CP) in Film Production at Victoria University Wellington, producing the short film “Night Shift” which is now screening at various international film festivals. Jacinda also works as a freelance animator, and as a marketing assistant for Junior Learning.


Sjoukje Fijnvandraat

Management Screenie

Sjoukje was part of the first ever Screenies festival and is now back for more. She loves film, media and storytelling in general, and can be found walking the many Auckland beaches when she is not working or studying for her Masters degree in Media, Film and Television.