SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2017 RECIPIENT OF MERATA MITA FELLOWSHIP FOR INDIGENOUS ARTISTS

MONDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2017   Park City, UT — Amie Batalibasi (Australian Solomon Islander, Feralimae/Kosi) from Melbourne, Australia, is the 2017 recipient of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship—an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. For the […]

‘Blackbird’ short film uncovers the untold history of Australia’s Sugar Slaves and will screen at ACMI, Melbourne CBD in December

Regina Lepping and Jeremy Bobby as siblings Rosa and Kiko in Blackbird short film by Amie Batalibasi © 2015.

On December 5th & 12th, ‘Blackbird’, a short narrative film exploring a dark and little known part of Australian history, will screen as part of the VCA Graduate Screenings at ACMI. The film is the culmination of a long personal journey for Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker and Footscray local, Amie Batalibasi. 2013 marked 150 years […]