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Vea Mafile'o

Director, Art Director

Tongan Kiwi Vea Mafile'o began her screen career in the art department, drawing on her university studies in Visual Arts. Alongside being a prolific artist, she worked as an art director for television (Pacific Beat Street) and on a run of short films (Broken Silence). Mafile'o has also done time in the director's chair, helming several TV shows including Tagata Pasifika, Fresh and I AM TV. In 2015 she founded production company Malosi Pictures with her partner Jeremiah Tauamiti. In 2019 the pair debuted their first feature at the Berlin Film Festival: documentary For My Father's Kingdom, about Vea's father Saia Mafile'o.  

...I love documentary, especially cinéma vérité where you can sit and be immersed in another world. I also like the emotion you can make from picture and sound, for me I use a lot of sounds to evoke feelings. Vea Mafile'o, in a 2018 interview with Coconet.TV