The NATIVe Fellows Programme is a rare fellowship/lab opportunity exclusive to Indigenous feature film producers or producing directors to have their project(s) promoted through the NATIVe Indigenous Cinema Stand and to participate in a curated programme for the producer to make the most of their time at the EFM.
Nia Tero is proud to be a NATIVe Fellows Sponsoring Partner with other institutions such as: FILM.GL, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Indigenous Screen Office, International Sàmi Film Institute, imagineNATIVE, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Sundance Institute, Vision Maker Media, Winda Film Festival
Applications for the 2022 cohort of Native Stand Fellows Programme will open in November 2021.
Kumu Hina is a Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner and filmmaker who uses digital media to protect and perpetuate Indigenous languages and traditions. She began her film work as a protagonist and educational advisor for the award winning films Kumu Hina and A Place in the Middle, and received a National Education Association Human Rights Award, Native Hawaiian Educator of the year and White House Champion of Change for the groundbreaking impact campaigns associated with those films. Continuing her journey to the other side of the lens, Kumu Hina produced the PBS/ARTE feature documentary Leitis in Waiting and award-winning short Lady Eva about her transgender sisters in the Kingdom of Tonga. Hina is also a transgender health advocate, burial council chair, candidate for the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and composer of “Ku Haaheo E Kuu Hawaii,” the internationally known anthem for the protection of Mauna Kea.
Erica is an award-winning writer and director from the Seneca-Cayuga Nation. Her short film Little Chief premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was included on IndieWire’s top 10 must-see short films at the fest. Tremblay was a 2018 Sundance Native Film Lab Fellow and she is currently a 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow with her feature film Fancy Dance. She was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Native American. Tremblay lives on Cayuga Lake in upstate New York where she is studying her Indigenous language.
Yolanda Cruz (Chatino) from Mexico – Yolanda is the Director, Writer, and Producer of El Camino de Esperanza (Hope’s Journey), an experimental narrative that shifts the emotional perspective of both the viewer and the viewed by its attention to an epic landscape, traditions of the faithful, and the intimacy of fear.
(Ngāti Māoate, Ngāti Tamarua o Takitumu, Ngāti Paerangi o Ngamaru) from the Cook Islands – Sharlene is the producer of Billy & the Kids, a documentary, turned narrative feature length film about Billy, a kid who grew up rough but was saved by his boxing coach Dick Dunn. Now his five gym academies are saving kids just like him.