The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films that present their perspective as young people in Aotearoa.

It’s about empowering rangatahi to tell their own stories through film.


E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori. It’s about taking responsibility and action in your community and supporting whānau to thrive. 

“Rangatahi are our future – they have energy, ideas and motivation to shape their own destinies. Rangatahi have been involved in E Tu Whānau from the outset. They have their fingers on the pulse and are important messengers of change.”


Giving with no expectation of return.


It’s about being connected.


Knowing who you are and where you belong.

Mana Manaaki

Building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging.

Kōrero Awhi

Open communication, being supportive.


Doing things the right way, according to our values



Each year Māoriland Charitable Trust hits the road to deliver rangatahi filmmaking workshops around Aotearoa. During these rangatahi led workshops, rangatahi work tuakana – teina to create short films in just two days. These workshops are for rangatahi aged 12 – 24, are FREE to attend and for rangatahi of all skill levels.

The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an entry point for rangatahi to develop skills as film storytellers

Rangatahi learn how to tell a story on screen, how to pitch, make a production plan, shoot and edit using Premiere Pro.

The Māoriland Charitable Trust E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Workshop Tour is complete for 2019. If you’d like us to come to your community in 2020, contact [email protected]

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmakers 2020

Best documentary – Pakipūmeka Mātua

Kupe – Ngahiwi Pickering

Best Drama – Te Tino Whakaataata

Taku Poi, Taku Taiaha – Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Tonga O Hokianga

Best Edit – Pepa “kotikoti”, kōhatū 

Joke Book

Best use of Theme – Wai Ora

Don’t Bully

Best Actor – Te Ahikā

Parekawa Finlay

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmaker of the Year for 2020 – Te Ihorei

Tuuterangi Vaka

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmakers 2019

Best documentary – Pakipūmeka Mātua

Wāhine Toa – Qianna Titore 

Best Drama – Te Tino Whakaataata

Bubs – Arita Campbell and Te Waiarangi 

Best Edit – Pepa “kotikoti”, kōhatū 

Home – Joshua Robinson

Best use of Theme – Wai Ora

Life of Gi – Sacred Brothers 

Best Actor – Te Ahikā

Te Waiarangi Ratana – Bubs

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Filmmaker of the Year for 2019 – Te Ihorei

Luka Wolfgram 

E Tū Whānau People’s Choice for 2019

Home – Joshua Robinson



        1. Rangatahi up to the age of 24 are invited to submit a short film. Māoriland recognises that filmmaking is a team effort and therefore your team may include rangatahi of any ethnicity. Each team must feature a Māori youth in a key position. A key position is a writer, director or producer. They have to play a significant role and feature in the credits of your film.
        2. Use the six E Tū Whānau values as inspiration to create a film that represents your perspective as a young person in Aotearoa. The film can be of any genre or theme – it doesn’t have to directly reference the values. If you have any questions, contact Māoriland at [email protected]
        3. Your film must be no longer than 5 minutes.
        4. Your film must be appropriate for a General Audience (GA). This means that your film may not include explicit language or content. You can read more about classifications here: http://www.censor.org.nz/what/what-symbols/
        5. To submit your film, you must upload it to Vimeo – www.vimeo.com. Please ensure that the film is uploaded at its best quality 1080p recommended (720p minimum) and is set to be able to be downloaded. Please ensure that you include a password to access the film when you complete the submission form.
        6. You must complete an online submission form at: http://bit.ly/ETW2020
        7. Permissions – you must have permission to film someone, to film on someone else’s property and to use someone else’s creations – music, clips and other imagery. You can find free music on Soundcloud, Youtube https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music . If you write music yourself – ka rawe! You own the rights.
        8. To show that you have asked for permissions, you must complete and upload ‘release forms’ as part of your online submission. Release forms are available to download at:https://maorilandfilm.co.nz/mrff/filmmaking-resources/
        9. The deadline for film submissions is 5 pm on Jan 31, 2020.
        10. All teams who have submitted a film will be invited to attend the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards in March 2020 during the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival. At these awards, a selection of films submitted will be screened and prizes will be awarded to filmmakers across the following categories: 
          Filmmaker of the Year – Te Ihorei
          Best Drama – Te Tino Whakaataata
          Best Documentary – Pakipūmeka Mātua
          Best Editing – Pepa “Kotikoti,” Kōhatū
          Best Use of Theme – Wai Ora
          Best Actor – Te Ahikā
          New categories may arise with the discretion of the judging panel.