Funding for Vai has been confirmed

Posted on 5/30/2018 by

The NZ Film Commission has approved funding for 'Vai'.

Following on from the box office and festival success of Waru, the New Zealand Film Commission has confirmed production funding of Vai, an upcoming film from Waru producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton of Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions.

“Our ultimate goal with Vai is to again give voice to an underrepresented community and spark conversation about the empowerment of women through culture.”

Similar in style to Waru, Vai will connect eight stories about the journey of empowerment through culture, over the lifetime of one woman, Vai. The idea of Vai was developed to be inclusive of many islands, traditions, cultures and people while representing different ideas and perspectives of a pacific woman’s life. The film will be written and directed by an all-female team consisting of ‘Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, MÄ«ria George, Matasila Freshwater and Sharon Whippy with Nicole Whippy. Each has an indigenous ancestral connection to one of seven countries in the South Pacific: Aotearoa, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, and Niue. Filming will take place on each Island and will commence in July this year. Vai will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Vendetta Films in 2019.