My name is Veialu (pronounced Vay-ah-lou). I'm a screenwriter of mixed heritage from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, based in San Francisco.
I write stories that explore identity, history, and finding our voices in the world as females of color.
My genre is dramas/dramedies.
I have two master's degrees.
I once did a Goddess workshop in Egypt, whitewater rafted in Nepal, and saw a ghost in Rome.
29 is the number of countries I've traveled to.
5 of them I've lived in.
A punnet is what you get berries in where I'm from.
I make little houses from old boxes for my cats.
I’ve watched more movies and series than is probably medically advisable.
I found my happy-place screenwriting after 15+ years in the game as an award-winning television creative in Australia - writing, producing, directing, and editing 100s of Network TV campaigns - as well as directing theater pieces and short films (one of my shorts screened at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and 27 film festivals).
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First Storytelling Heroes:
Anne Frank, Hone Tuwhare (Maori poet), Billie Holiday, Charlie Chaplin, Janet Frame (N.Z. author), elders who told me Maori myths, Nina Simone
Stand by Me, Handmaid's Tale (pilot), The English Patient, Call Me By Your Name, Euphoria (pilot), Boogie Nights , Moonlight
Mira Nair, Amma Asante, Jane Campion, Wong Kar-wai, Walter Salles, Pedro Almodóvar, Dorothy Arzner, Chloé Zhao, Euzhan Palcy, Stanley Kramer
This is hard to answer, there are so many!!
Selected for Round 2, Sundance Development Track 2022
Finalist, BIPOC Writers' Fellowship
Semi-Finalist, Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices
Top 100, Table Read Genre Competition (Historical/Biopic)
Top 10% - Academy Nicholl Fellowship
Top 20% (Second Rounder) - Austin Film Festival Script Competition
Top 50 Finalist - Launch Pad Feature Screenwriting Competition