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Help our film get to Berlin Film Festival - its been accepted in competition to one of the top 5 film festivals in the world! We just need finishing funds.
Pietra Brettkelly
New Zealand
1 Team Member

Maori Boy Genius is sponsored by IDFA

Our Story

Have your name on a Berlin Film Festival film!  

And if you live in America get fantastic tax benefits with your donation.

My team and I have been working on MAORI BOY GENIUS for 3 years now, the extraordinary coming-of-age journey of a young indigenous boy from New Zealand.  Ever met a President at age 16?  This film introduces you to Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti and observes him as he breaks through shocking statistics for young Maori males, to attend Yale Summer Semester at aged 16.  He returns to New Zealand and takes his first political steps, in a move even I and my cameraman could never have predicted. 

Yes, your donation could get you in the credits of this film.  I'm a documentary filmmaker from New Zealand.  My previous film, THE ART STAR AND THE SUDANESE TWINS won an award at the Sundance Film Festival 2008.  And now my latest film MAORI BOY GENIUS has been invited in competition to the Berlin Film Festival 2012.  

We did get some initial funding from New Zealand government agencies.  But we now need US$50,000 towards the edit, online, sound mix, music rights and marketing.  

Its an incredible honour to be invited in competition to the Berlin Film Festival, regarded as one of the top five film festivals in the world.  Now we just need to finish the film!  Please, help us do that.  And if you're an American your get fantastic tax refunds by making your donation.

"He's precious, and gifted, a Matakite - a Wiseman... but really he's just a child. Hee, hee."  Ngaa Rauuira's Grandma.

The Impact

This is an beautiful, important, and positive indigenous story.  It will encourage all to reach beyond their perceived limitations.  The Berlin Film Festival will be our world premier and then as with my other films, I know this will go on to other international film festivals and television networks.  The story will get out there - why not be a part of its success?

What We Need & What You Get

To complete the film we need $50,000.  But for this particular fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, we have initially set the goal at $10,000 though whatever we raise will be used towards the completion of the film.  Whether it means doubling my personal debt, come what may Ngaa Rauuira and I will be there at the premier in Berlin - with this film!  So the money you donate WILL go towards completion of the film.  This is a definite.  

I have also applied for other international funds, and approached individuals to help.  

Here's a breakdown of how funds will be used.

01  Pay for the Editor and Edit suite to complete the film.   (The Berlin Film Festival selectors viewed and saw the potential from a dvd of the unfinished film.)

02  Pay for the Online Suite and Editor to work towards us truly bringing these beautiful images to life - the richness of the New Zealand landscape and Ngaa Rauuira's life, and in contrast the deep history of the Yale campus.

03  Pay for the Film Sound Design and Mix

04  Pay for the Film Music Rights (for world release)

05  Pay for the output of the Film to a format able to be played at Berlin Film Festival

06  Pay for Marketing and Distribution costs for the World Premier launch at Berlin Film Festival

Other Ways You Can Help

Please share this with as many people through as many networks as you can and help us reach our goal.  


$20,000 and your name will appear as a Producer in the credits of the film on both theatrical and television versions.  You will also get a DVD of the film once released, a double ticket when the film premiers near you, and when I'm next in your town and you'd like an entertainer at a dinner party I'd love to come over, screen clips and talk anecdotes - or give advice to your children about the documentary film industry!

$40,000 and your name will appear as an Executive Producer, and all of the above, plus a full collection of my films.  And IMDB of course!

These donations are tax deductible through our 501(c)(3) partner.

Please note that these are honorary titles and do not engender any creative or business involvement/decision-making nor does the credit entitle any claim of ownership.



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  • $30USD
    Signed DVD

    Maori Boy Genius commercial DVD on its release signed by the filmmaker, and a Thank You postcard of the film personally from me.

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  • $65USD
    Thank you credit and DVD

    Have your name in the Thank You credits of a Berlin Film Festival film! And the Maori Boy Genius commercial DVD on its release signed by the filmmaker.

    24 claimed
  • $150USD
    World Prem'r Poster AND Thanks

    Receive the Official MAORI BOY GENIUS poster of the Berlin Film Festival world premier signed by the filmmaker, plus the Maori Boy Genius commercial DVD on its release and your name in the Thank You credits of the film.

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  • $250USD
    Filmmaker's DVD set AND Thanks

    You will receive the PIETRA BRETTKELLY DVD package including Sundance award-winner THE ART STAR AND THE SUDANESE TWINS and AFI Film Festival-released BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD featuring an extraordinary interview with Colonel Gadaffi. Plus the Maori Boy Genius commercial DVD on its release, and your name in the thank you credits of the film.

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  • $850USD
    All of the above PLUS advice!

    Your name in the Thank You credits of the film, a DVD of MAORI BOY GENIUS once it is commercially released and the entire DVD collection of my films. ALSO a skype conversation from me to the person of your choice regarding advice on the industry. They get to dredge my 20 years of experience. Whether it's producing advice (such as raising funds), or creative development (what to shoot). The topic choice is up to you! Film discussion and Q&A, director commentary... whatever you'd like.

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  • $2,500USD
    Let me entertain you!

    All of the above! PLUS when I'm next in your town I'm happy to entertain at an event of your choice - a school fundraiser, a dinner party? And I've got lots of great stories of adventures from Libya to Afghanistan and the Arctic. I also have clips from various friends - and references from people who've already enjoyed such an evening so you can be sure I won't bore your guests.... I promise.

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  • $5,000USD
    Associate Producer credit

    Your name will appear as an Associate Producer in the credits of the film on both theatrical and television versions, a DVD of the film once released, and a double ticket when the film premiers near you - and it will! Imagine inviting your friends to the premier!

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