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 2018 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.


Carmela Diaz

Design 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.


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.


Nigel Mckenzie-Ryan

Digital Marketing Screenie

Nigel is completing his Graduate Diploma of Computer Science at AUT after finishing his Degree in Communications. He likes Technology, Cryptocurrency, Animals, Video Games, History and reasonably priced sugar-free Root Beer


Tiara Stelmach

Workshop Screenie

Tiara is passionate about movies and festivals. Graduated in Fines Arts in France, after which she has been working as screenwriter and film assistant.

She has in her portfolio a Cannes Film festival prize for the short film she wrote and directed in 2011. This year Tiara decided to leave her home country Brazil to study a post-graduation on Applied Business and live the New Zealand experience.


Duc Le

Marketing Screenie

Duc is from Vietnam, studying Marketing & Event Planning and Management at Otago Polytechnic. Before joining Screenies he was a Event assistiant and co-presenter for Susie Morgenstern’s “Les Deux Moitiés de l’Amitié” book launch event at Institut français du Vietnam. He is also fluent in English, Vietnamese and French.

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Amelia Wong

Design & Marketing Screenie

Amelia is studying in Auckland University of Technology. She likes cool designs, art, books, films, volunteering and penguins.


Nilambari Junnare

Outreach Screenie

Nilambari is a Hotelier, Event Manager and Media Enthusiast. She is extremely passionate about events & festivals, art, books and she loves children. After handling various media projects like MasterChef, Indian Idol, India’s Got Talent in India, she is now determined to work here in New Zealand to learn new skills, gain experience and meet people from different cultures. Working on this festival draws her passion and she is super excited to be part of the team.


Terekino Elikana

Communication Screenie

Terekino is currently studying Communications at Unitec.