In 2017, 15 Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe were brought together in Aotearoa, the week before Māoriland Film Festival to produce a short film in teams in just 72 hours. These are the films of the second NATIVE Slam. 


“Ena Koe tells the story of a man who discovers a baby in his home.”

Running Time: 6 minutes 20 seconds



Lennie Hill is a Māori of the Ngāpuhi tribe of New Zealand.

He has worked and filmed in China and across South East Asia for the past 15 years. Throughout his career, Lennie has worked as Executive Producer of commercial and television works. Decades of experience in editing, lighting, DOP, producing, production management, and directing. Lennie has a Diploma in VFX and Motion Graphics and a Certificate in Production Management. And has been a filmmaker for the past 15 years.


Manuarii Bonnefin is an award winning actor and director from Tahiti. 


“The story of a young woman who has to make a dangerous journey in order to continue the bloodline of her tribe.”

Running Time: 11 minutes 29 seconds



Amie Batalibasi is an Australian Solomon Islander writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the last nine years, she has written and directed award winning films that have been shown nationally and internationally at screenings and film festivals.

She is the 2017 recipient of the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Film Program’s Merata Mita Fellowship in the name of Aotearoa’s first indigenous woman to make a feature film. The fellowship is for a Native or Indigenous filmmaker from a global pool of nominees and provides a year-long continuum of support with activities including a trip to the Sundance Film Festival and access to strategic and creative services offered by Sundance Institute artist programs, and mentorship opportunities.


Kelton Stepanowich is a Canadian Aboriginal filmmaker from Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta.

In 2015 Kelton co-wrote the short film Gods Acre, which stars Lorne Cardinal with First Nations writer, Derek Vermillion. Principal photography began in the summer of 2015 in Fort Chipewyan Alberta.

In 2016 Kelton was a recipient of the Telefilm micro-budget program to produce his first feature film The Road Behind in the summer of 2017.


Renae Maihi (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi) is an award-winning & critically acclaimed writer & director in theatre & film.

After completing a drama degree in 2005 she went on to write her debut play NGA MANURERE, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes. NZ Herald Best of 2009 favoured NGA MANURERE as the “surprise jewel of the year”.

The short film REDEMPTION, which she co-wrote with Tim Balme & Katie Wolfe, travelled to Berlin Film Festival, Sundance & won the Best Short Film at Toronto’s Imaginative Film Festival 2010. Renae then went on to write & direct her NZFC funded, award-winning short film BUTTERFLY (PUREREHUA) which screened at international film festivals including Toronto’s imagineNATIVE.

Renae is one of the eight Māori women directors for WARU, a collaborative feature film with some of NZ’s top filmmaking talent.


“A young woman is grieving for her father and following her Karen (Myanmar) traditions when she meets a Māori man who offers to help her. However he is also saying goodbye.”

Running Time: 10 minutes 31 seconds



Chris Molloy has worked consistently in New Zealand film, television and theater for the past 10 years, since graduating from The School of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec in Auckland, then the University of Auckland, completing a Master of Arts in 2010.

Chris is originally from a small forestry town, Murupara (Ngati Manawa/Tuhoe) and moved to Auckland to become an actor. It wasn’t too long after, that he realized he needed to create his own work. He is now an educator, producer, director and writer for film, TV and theatre, with a strong focus on developing and supporting the local arts community.

He is the Creative Director and founder of the South Auckland Theatre Collective, The Native Factory, Indigenous Theatre Group, and the South Auckland Writers Group. 


A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding.  Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity”, and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view. While her work is informed by her own Indigenous heritage, she is most concerned with how global communities express views of individual, collective and other, and how cultural identity is articulated through these evolving perceptions.


Yamin Tun is a writer/director, and a graduate of the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. She won the Unitec scholarship prize in the 48hour film competition. She is an Asia NZ Foundation Arts Grant recipient for three consecutive years (2011-2014). Yamin’s short films include TWO PRINCES, WAIT and THE DREAM OF THE DRIVER (runner-up, Tropfest 2016). Her feature film script HONG KONG STORY was shortlisted by Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2016. In 2013, Yamin was selected by Film Finances Inc to attend Telluride Film Festival, and meet film industry people in Los Angeles. Yamin has also been shortlisted for the Script to Screen Killer Films internship and the 2016 DDB Showtools New Directors Award.


“After a devastating incident a man weighs up his right to live.”

Running Time: 7 minutes 14 seconds



Native Hawaiian Erin Lau is a Sundance Institute Native lab fellow and a University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media alum. She has written and directed multiple award-winning shorts, which have screened at festivals around the world, including New Zealand, France, Guam, Shanghai, and Canada. Her most prominent work, Little Girl’s War Cry, was selected by the Film Raro Competition to be one of six fully funded and produced films in the Cook Islands. Other accolades include the Sino-US Student Documentary Award at the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival and the 2013 Eurocinema Best Student Film Award. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Film Directing at Chapman University on a full ride merit scholarship. Despite her deep passion for storytelling, especially fictional tales based in the Asian-Pacific community, Erin fears she will lose all her hair by the time she retires.


Ryan Alexander Lloyd is Director of Photography who’s work has been seen at Vienna International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival along with the New Zealand International Film Festival.

He has been Nominated Best Cinematography in a Short Film – NZ Film Awards 2013, Based on his emerging talent and inspiring style Ryan was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus 2013.

He has shot numerous music videos for the likes of Courtney Barnett and Oscar Key Sung.

A Director of Photography who is keen to form collaborative relationships and creative partnerships. With a wide range of knowledge across a number of formats from the Arri Alexa, Red Cameras, Sony, BMCC and 35mm or 16mm his images are always unique and inspiring.


Jerome Schmitt (Ma’ohi) is a professor of history and geography and head of the audiovisual workshop of the Paul Gauguin high school, “LPG Prod”. His work with students to produce short films include award-winning film Tāpe’a i te pa’ari and Te Toto.


For video screener access, please contact Madeleine de Young at maddy [at] maorilandfilm [dot] co [nz]