Amie Batalibasi

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

Most recently, Amie directed an episode of the International Kids Emmy Nominated ABC Me series, Matchbox Pictures’ MUSTANGS FC, through the ADG’s Shadow Director program mentored by veteran director Rodger Hodgman. She also directed two episodes of THALU an ABC/ NITV series based in the Pilbara, Western Australia, produced by Weerianna Street Media.

Amie’s previous directing credits include the short films BLACKBIRD, DOCKED and KA PUTA KO AU, the documentary TIDE OF CHANGE and the drama/comedy webseries, FRESH!. Her short narrative and documentary films, exploring issues of social justice, human rights and cultural diversity are award-winning, and have screened at festivals around the globe.

Her debut short drama, BLACKBIRD, inspired by the history of Australia’s sugar slaves, screened at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival, received several script awards from the Victorian College of the Arts, and debuted on NITV (National Indigenous Television) and SBS OnDemand in 2017. BLACKBIRD will be broadcast throughout the Asia-Pacific via ABC Australia in 2020.

In 2018, Amie was selected to attend the Berlinale Talents Summit 2018 as part of the Berlinale International Film Festival, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Filmmaker Lab. She is the 2017 recipient of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship (in the name of the late Maori filmmaker), a year long fellowship awarded to a Native or Indigenous filmmaker from a global pool of nominees.

Amie’s filmmaking practice aims to bring diverse stories to light by collaborating with people and communities at a grassroots level, to unearth stories that have the possibility to spark empowerment and create change.

Amie is currently developing the feature length version of BLACKBIRD, and a television comedy series MIDDLE OF NOWHERE which received ABC Fresh Start development funding in 2020.

Amie graduated with honours from Melbourne University Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in a Master of Film and TV (Narrative) in 2015 and a Graduate Diploma of Film and TV (Documentary) in 2007.

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