The NATIVE Slam
The NATIVE Slam is an international Indigenous collaboration challenge initiated by Māoriland Film Festival in 2016.
Over 72 hours, four teams of 3 Indigenous filmmakers work together to produce a short film to screen at the MFF.
Since 2016, five NATIVE Slams have taken place resulting in 60 filmmakers producing 21 films.
These films have screened at festivals around the world.
The NATIVE Slam produces exceptional indigenous films and, enduring creative friendships.
PROOF THAT WHEN INDIGENOUS PASSION, SKILL AND A WILLINGNESS TO COLLABORATE COMBINES FILMMAKING MAGIC
NATIVE Slam I
(7 mins 43 seconds)
Echota Killsnight, Kath Akuhata Brown, Sara Margrethe Oskal
Māori artist Tracey Tawhiao digs beneath the daily news to find a vision for a new nation.
Jeremiah Tauamiti, Mike Jonathan, Sonia Boileau
In childbirth, strength can sometimes come from the most unexpected places
Chelsea Winstanley, Cornel Ozies, Trevor Mack
A friendship is altered forever when the courage of one is not reciprocated by the other.
(9 mins 13 seconds)
Tainui Stephens, Zoe Hopkins, Rima Tamou
A cry for the ones we miss
(5 mins 50 seconds)
Blackhorse Lowe, Himiona Grace, Sunna Nousuniemi
A man must face a harsh reality in his attempt to fix an estranged relationship between him and his 16 year old daughter
NATIVE Slam II
To reveal the past as a map to the future (2017)
Ka Puta Ko Au
NATIVE Slam III
For the Love of our Mother (2018)
(7 mins 25 seconds)
Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Ken Are Bongo, Richard Curtis
The Shadowed Pathway
Moa Ma Le Pinko
Amberley Jo Aumua, Jesse Littlebird, Courtney Montour
Two strangers strike up an unusual conversation in a cemetery as they cope with the loss of their mothers
NATIVE Slam IV
NATIVE Slam V
The following principles are given to each NATIVE Slam team to guide their productions.
1 | The film’s title must be in a Native language.
2 | The story must be part of a wider story – in that it has context with
another time, people, or place.
3 | Only one camera can be used at any one time.
4 | Available light only can be used. Neither added lights nor filters. All FX are in-camera.
5 | Every film must have some spoken and un-translated native language.
6 | Music can only express on screen emotion, it cannot illustrate action.
7 | No expenditure is permitted for the creation of costume, sets and props. – but you may want to bring some props from your national regalia that you may want to utilize.
8 | Every day of production begins and ends with prayer and ritual.
9 | Creative and managerial control of the film will be Indigenous. A portion of the intellectual property will lie with any tribal owners of the story. A portion of the profits of the film will be held in trust for Indigenous film education.
10 | Every film must heal.