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

Leaving her ancestral homeland as a child had a profound effect on her spiritually which is why Veialu is passionate about telling thought-provoking, female-driven stories that explore identity, history, and underrepresented females finding their voice in the world.

​Veialu's animated and live-action short films, BLUE WILLOW and BUTTERFLY/BATAPLAI, have screened at numerous festivals including Berlinale, imagineNATIVE, Maōriland, Mill Valley, and more.

On the TV side, she has 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.  She also directed doco-style shorts for the nonprofit organization, MEWSIC, while living in India.

Veialu was awarded the 2023 ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP and her screenplay, THE DEFIANT ONE, made The Black List's 2021 CAPE LIST.  

 

Veialu is an alum of Berlinale Talents and Aotearoa New Zealand's national drama school, Toi Whakaari, where she did a master's degree in theatre directing.

When she’s not watching movies, Veialu is making blanket forts for her cat to play in and writing her film blog @hollywood.diversity

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I respectfully acknowledge all Traditional Indigenous Custodians of the lands, waterways, and skies. I recognize that I live on land originally and still inhabited and cared for by the Tongva People and pay my deepest respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.  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.

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