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Veialu is a screenwriter, filmmaker & television creative producer.  New Zealand raised.  Los Angeles based.  Papua New Guinea born.

As a screenwriter/director, my work explores the complexities of underrepresented females finding their voice in the world.  I want to write stories that make people feel less alone.  Leaving my Indigenous homeland as a child and living between cultures has given me an unrelenting curiosity about identity - I explore this in my work.

In the tv and marketing landscape, I have 15+ years of experience as an award-winning senior creative producer, copywriter, and promo director working with Australia's largest free-to-air commercial tv networks, NINE and TEN.

While living in India, I also directed doco-style shorts for nonprofits.

My specialties as a creative: Leading the creative development and execution of advertising/promotional campaigns (including the launch of two tv channels and 100s of promo campaigns), having plenty of creative ideas, writing scripts, copywriting, directing film shoots, editing, and project managing campaigns through the entire production process from concept to launch.

When it comes to my narrative stories, expect nuanced female protagonists on the brink of a life-changing experience.  They will be forced to come to terms with their identity and will endure journeys that are emotional, unexpected, and transformative.

My short films have been screened at numerous festivals including Berlinale, imagineNATIVE, Mill Valley, Māoriland, and more.

My screenplays War Dancer and The Defiant One have "Recommend" in script coverage.  The Defiant One made The Black List's 2021 CAPE List, a list of 10 screenplays centered on Asian and Pasifika stories.

was awarded the 2023 Armed With a Camera Fellowship and am currently one of the fellowship's mentors. 

I'm an alum of Berlinale Talents, Victoria Univerisity of Wellington, Auckland University of Technology, and Aotearoa New Zealand's national drama school, Toi Whakaari, where I did a master's degree in theater arts and stage directing.

Image by Drew Dau


Los Angeles / Tongva Land, California

I recognize that I live on land originally and still inhabited and cared for by the Tongva People.  Indigenous communities have lived in and moved through this land over hundreds of generations and Indigenous peoples from many nations make their home in this region today.  Please join me in recognizing and honoring them.  

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