Growing Up Kiwi

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With only 400 left in the wild, the Haast tokoeka has the unfortunate title of being the world's rarest kiwi. Follow Almer, this season's smallest chick, in his first year of life in a ground-breaking conservation program: ”Operation: Nest Egg.” Watch as he grows from a tiny ball of fluff into a 4 lb predator-fighting machine, and witness the dedication of the people striving to give him a chance at life.

Included in the 2021 touring collection.


  • Director & Producer: Maddy Brennan

  • Duration: 31min 15sec

  • Category: Student

  • New Zealand

Ages 8+

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Join filmmakers, Madeleine Brennan and Gianna Savoie in conversation about three short films: Growing Up Kiwi, Keepers of the Shy Place, and Expedition Nautilist: Fiji. Gianna acted as Madeleine’s advisor on her film, a nominee in the best student film category--the two worked together in the Masters program at the University of Otago in New Zealand. 20 minutes. The two get into how they think up titles, how they approached each specific project differently, and all the amazing collaborators along the way. Moderated by Carrie Richer, IWFF Artistic Director.