The reason I made Home was to get the message
out about violence, poverty and mental health in the homes of
children living in Aotearoa. Coming from experience and
knowing my friends and family have been in similar situations, made
it even more clear that I had to make this film to raise awareness
about a huge problem in my community. Mental health has been
a huge issue among young teens in New Zealand and the suicide rates
are rising and I want this film to get out there in the world to
make the issue known.
In March 2019, Home was awarded Best Editor &
People's Choice at the E Tu Whanau Rangatahi Film Awards at
Maoriland Film Festival and I am really honoured to now have Home
programmed at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto,
Canada. This screening will be the international premiere of HOME
outside of Aotearoa.
imagineNATIVE is the largest international Indigenous
Film Festival in the world, receiving hundreds of submissions each
Home was made with zero funding - I am still a
student! But getting the opportunity to have my film screened at
such a large film festival is something I would have never seen
coming. I am going to work the festival and connect with a lot of
people there to learn more about film making to improve on the
skills I already have to make future projects better.
To get to imagiNATIVE I need your help. My
first goal is to raise $4000 to cover my own costs -Flights and
accommodation at this late stage are expensive!
My second goal is to raise $2000 so that I can bring my
partner because I am not going to lie I am way too scared to go on
In the end I want the outcome of this to help me for
the future of my dreams of becoming a Film Maker, Animator, Editor,
Story Teller and the list goes on. I have always dreamed of working
for Weta Digital or Pixar Studios and this opportunity would be a
big step in helping those possibilities come true, with your help I
can take the message of Home to the world.
Here is Home!! Thank you everyone for your support!
3 WEEKS AGO