Māoriland Film Festival seeks Indigenous filmmakers from across the globe for the fourth annual NATIVE Slam!

The NATIVE Slam is an international Indigenous  filmmaking challenge. Each year in the days leading up to Māoriland Film Festival Indigenous filmmakers team up in New Zealand to make a short film. With just 72 hours and $800NZD the Native Slam is an opportunity to connect and collaborate with leading Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe.

Each NATIVE Slam team is made up of one Māori filmmaker host and two international Indigenous filmmakers. To date 41 Indigenous filmmakers have taken part with the Native Slam films screening at Māoriland and then around the globe.

The first NATIVE Slam took place in March of 2016 with 15 Indigenous filmmakers gathering around Aotearoa to make a film. With just 72 hours and $800 NZD, five short films were made. All five NATIVE Slam Films had to abide by 10 rules that enhanced the importance of a native perspective in the work, respect for craft, and economy of production. The themes of each film had to reflect the diversity of the native experiences of the filmmakers. These films have gone on to screen at film festivals around the globe and are proof that when passion, skill and a willingness to collaborate are combined, magic happens.

Festival credits include; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Canada), Tampere Film Festival (Finland),  Winda Film Festival (Australia), Homeground Film Festival (Sydney), Balinale International Film Festival (Bali), Skabmagovat Film Festival (Sápmi Finland) and festivals in New Zealand.

The NATIVE Slam is proof that when passion, skill and a willingness to collaborate are combined, magic happens.

Māoriland Film Festival is now calling for applications from Indigenous filmmakers from around the world to participate in the NATIVE Slam IV.

For more information, please contact: Libby Hakaraia on [email protected]


The NATIVE Slam is produced by the Māoriland Film Festival with support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Māoriland Film Festival is the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Māoriland Film Festival 2019 runs from March 20-24th Ōtaki, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

NATIVE Slam Alumni

NATIVE Slam I (2016): Echota Killsnight (Northern Cheyenne, Cherokee), Kath Akuhata Brown (Ngāti Porou), Sara Margrethe Oskal (Sápmi), Jeremiah Tauamiti (Falelatai, Samoa), Mike Jonathan (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa), Sonia Boileau (Quebecois, Mohawk), Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui), Cornel Ozies (Yawuru, Goonyland), Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot’in), Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa), Zoe Hopkins (Mohawk), Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), Himiona Grace (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Porou), Sunna Nousuniemi (Sápmi)

NATIVE Slam II (2017): Lennie Hill (Ngāpuhi), Manuarii Bonnefin (Ma’ohi), Amie Batalibasi (Australian Solomon Islander), Kelton Stepanowich (Sayisi Dene), Renae Maihi (Ngāto Whakaue, Ngāpuhi), Christopher Molloy (Ngāti Manawa, Tūhoe), Michelle Latimer (Metis, Algonquin), Erin Lau (Kanaka Maoli), Ryan Alexander Lloyd (Ngāi Tahu), Jerome Schmitt (Ma’ohi)

NATIVE Slam III (2018): Amberley Jo Aumua (Ngāti Haua, Samoa), Jesse Littlebird (Laguna and Kewa Pueblo Indian), Courtney Montour (Mohawk), Lanita Ririnui (Māori, Kuki Āirani), Trevor Solway (Blackfoot), Shaandiin Tome (Dine), Asia Youngman (Cree, Iroquois, Carrier, Metis), Isaac Te Reina (Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti), Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota, Navajo),  Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Ken Are Bongo (Sámi), Richard Curtis (Te Arawa)

To apply:

Please submit an application online – click here to submit an online application

  • Your filmography
  • An example of your work to date
  • A cover letter telling us ‘why you want to be in the Native Slam?’
  • Contact Details


Expressions of Interest due 15 December, 2018