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AWA Films

Awa Films is an award winning creative development company based in Wellington.

Company Director Julian Arahanga has 20 years experience in the film and television industry working on a range of productions with some of the world's most influential filmmakers. Awa's diverse slate includes the production of short films, webseries and TV series such as the award winning prison-based reality TV series 'Songs From the Inside', and web series 'Colonial Combat'. Awa Films recently produced 'Hinekura', written and directed by Becs Arahanga, which received the 2019 NZIFF Audience Award and the Spirit of the Civic Award.

Awa Films has a distinct voice and are building their brand around Māori themes and ideologies that will be accessible to a global audience. They currently have a second season of 'Colonial Combat' in post-production, and with 'The Lost Children of Aotearoa' they will create three 60 minute features exploring the impact of incarceration and the abuse of Māori children in state care.