Amie Batalibasi BLACKBIRD at Berlinale International Film Festival © 2019

BLACKBIRD at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival

This year the Berlinale NATIVe programme focused on films from around The Pacific. I thank the Berlinale for highlighting our region and for valuing our stories. Meeting the other filmmakers, participating in the panels, sharing stories – having a platform to be heard was so important. To be able to share […]

Amie Batalibasi at the Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival

BLACKBIRD at the Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival

After the Berlinale, BLACKBIRD was invited to screen in Washington DC for the Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival. This festival aims to “amplify the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future”. Here’s a few lines from my introduction to the BLACKBIRD […]

Climate Change and Filmmaking event Berlinale Prof Peter Lemke, Amie Batalibasi, Prof Peter Henning, Dr Renate Treffeison, Prof Rolf Teigler.

Climate Change & Filmmaking Event at the Berlinale

I was invited to speak at an event centred around climate change and filmmaking – the intersection of this environmental issue, science and the medium of film and how this crossover can have an impact. It was an honour to be welcomed to this conversation as part of the Berlinale NATIVe program. We watched short narrative films about […]

Nyawuda Chuol & Amie Batalibasi at Melbourne Women in Film Festival

DOCKED at Melbourne Women in Film Festival

In February, our short film DOCKED had it’s Melbourne premiere at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. Leading up to the festival, actor Nyawuda Chuol and I were very grateful to do a few national newspaper interviews and also (for the first time) have our short film reviewed by film […]

Berlinale - Blackbird Film Still - Kiko 08 © Amie Batalibasi

BLACKBIRD to Screen at Berlinale International Film Festival

BLACKBIRD has been invited to screen at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2019 as part of the Berlinale NATIVe Program. It’s an honour for our film and this story to be recognised at an international festival of this calibre especially as it’s part of a program focusing on indigenous storytelling in the Pacific region. BLACKBIRD is […]

BLACKBIRD Festival Laurels

BLACKBIRD SBS OnDemand Screening 2018

After last year’s NITV national screening debut, BLACKBIRD (13 mins, PG) is now available to screen online for free for those in Australia, via the SBS OnDemand platform. Watch on your computer or phone until [EDIT: 17 January 2019] previous showing 9 December 2018. CLICK HERE: BLACKBIRD screened at the […]

imagineNATIVE Best Digital Work AEASI

imagineNATIVE Award & BLACKBIRD in Hawaii

imagineNATIVE AWARD In October 2018, I was very surprised to receive a phone call from Canada with news that our short 360VR documentary ‘AEASI – as far as the eye can see above the sea’  received the Best Digital Work award at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. My family and […]

TIFF Filmmaker Lab 2018 - Amie Batalibasi

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): Filmmaker Lab

TIFF is a festival that I’ve always wanted to attend, so when I found out that I’d been selected for the TIFF Filmmaker Lab I was over the moooooon! 22 filmmakers, with feature films in development, were selected from around the world. And I’ve got to say that these peeps were […]

Mustangs TV Series Director Placement

Matchbox Mustangs TV Series Director Placement

I’ve just finished up a Director Placement on ABC ME’s Mustangs FC with Roger Hodgman who’s directed TV shows like Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, City Homicide and recent episodes of Wentworth. “Mustangs FC is a goal kicking comedy drama about girls who are abandoning the sidelines and starting their local football […]



BLACKBIRD DVD INTERNATIONAL RELEASE 4th JULY 2018: BLACKBIRD is a short film by Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi, that sheds light on a little known part of history – Australia’s sugar slaves. Ronin Films will release the BLACKBIRD DVD 4th JULY 2018, 9am AEST. BLACKBIRD screened at the New […]