ABOUT MACKAI SHARP
Born to a Canadian mother and Maōri (New Zealand) Father, Mackai has been filmmaking and creating since he was 8 years old, often fostering and researching his own arts education as no school programs would (and still won’t) accept him to study due to his age.
After a turbulent public highschool experience he dropped out and completed his high school online. You can view Mackai's photo series addressing his experiences as a queer person going through the public school system here : “Kill Yourself.”
Since graduation, his work has been screened internationally with his films playing across Canada, Europe and Asia with upcoming showings in the USA and South America. Adjacent to filmmaking, his work in photography both reporting and creative has been seen in exhibition and published nationally.
As of 2021, Mackai identifies as a Filmmaker/Photographer/Creative Director but that is all subject to change as he continues exploring new mediums and formats to better share his stories and translate his thoughts into a mutual language.
(Mackai is based on Vancouver Island, but is available globally.)
"Young valley filmmaker sweeps festival awards" - Comox Valley Arts, Nov 2021
Getting through the checkpoint - Saving Earth Magazine
Mackai Sharp Radio Interview - Mid Coast Morning, Aug 2021
"Regional filmmakers fare well at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival" - Nanaimo News Bulletin, Jul 2021
"Island filmmakers shine at the virtual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival." - The Martlet, Jul 2021
"An open letter to my community - Mackai Sharp." - Comox Valley Arts, Jan 2021
"Normalizing Real Conversations With Mackai Sharp" - It's The Norm Podcast, Dec 2020
"Comox Valley student creates project addressing intolerance and bigotry in our community" - Comox Valley Record, Dec 2020
I live + create on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks Nation.