Tama Short Film


Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers.

Tama is about a young Maori Deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka. On a near-fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his family. In his struggle, he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man.

Media Contact: tamashort@gmail.com


Screenings and Awards

Tama is screening as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival!


Tama also screened at The Wairoa Maori Film Festival and won: Best Short Film, Best Actor (Eric Matthews), Audience Choice Award and The T-Tahiti Prize. 


What our supporters have to say…

“Their story is essentially New Zealand. Theirs are new voices in the industry and they speak authentically from Jared’s culture – that of Deafness in Aotearoa.”  Miranda Harcourt, ONZM

“The film-makers have given a lot of thought to authenticity of experience and location, and there is a strong likelihood that, if supported, the strong sense of a story told authentically will grab audiences and make them feel engaged with the characters and the narrative.”  Pippa Sanderson, Arts Access Aotearoa

Jared FlitcroftJared Flitcroft | Director


Jared Flitcroft is a Deaf film maker from Wellington, New Zealand.  He graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Media Studies. He was also the first Deaf person to graduate from the New Zealand Film and Television School. Since then,  Jared has been writing, directing and working on sets of numerous films.

Jared is the chairperson of New Zealand Deaf Film Inc. where he leads a team through workshops and collaborations with film industry professionals. He also chairs the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival which runs biannually.

Jared had the idea to create Tama when he was sixteen years old. He wanted to tell thestory about a Maori Deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. This is his first collaboration with a hearing director.  Currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Jack O'Donnell Jack O’Donnell | Director

A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with a Degree in Film, Theatre and English, Jack O’Donnell has made a number of short films, documentaries and music videos prior to and following his studies. His first professionally directed film, Copper, (2014), was selected for several international film festivals, including the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (2014) and the Rome CINDEAF Film Festival (2015).

His most recent short film, Tama (2017), which he co-directed with Deaf filmmaker Jared Flitcroft, was selected to premiere at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Jack works as a videographer; filming and editing corporate videos, theatre productions, weddings, and special events.

He is currently in post-production on a feature length documentary about the Deaf / hearing theatre company Odd Socks Productions, and isin pre-production on the upcoming documentary, The Maata Project. Based in Wellington, New Zealand.



Ashleigh Flynn, Producer

Ashleigh is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with a Degree in Theatre. She has been involved in producing and directing theatre in Wellington, including Running with Ghosts in the 2013 Fringe Festival.

Ashleigh produced Tama (2017), a short film about a young Maori Deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. This film premiered after being selected for the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and has since been selected to screen at NZIFF!

Ashleigh currently works in the Art Department at Weta Digital, recently contributing to the visual effects on Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume Two (2017) and War For the Planet of the Apes (2017).

She is currently producing documentaries of New Zealand stories including, The Odd Socks Story and The Maata Project. 

Based in Wellington, New Zealand.


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