|Application||The 2020 Merata Mita Fellowship application is now closed. Please check back this Fall for updates.
|Dates||2021 Sundance Film Festival|
|Fellowship Description||One artist will be selected as a Merata Mita fellow. This fellow will be an emerging filmmaker, seeking to direct a feature film. Recipient will receive a cash grant and a yearlong continuum of support from the Indigenous Program and Sundance Institute. Recipient is required to attend the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.|
|Location||Park City, Utah|
|Eligibility||Indigenous artists who identify as women and are endeavoring to direct a feature film.|
|Description||The Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship pays tribute to the immense artistic contributions and memory of Merata Mita (Ngāi Te Rangi/Ngāti Pikiao). Merata served as an advisor and artistic director to the Sundance Institute’s Native Filmmakers Lab from 2000 to 2009, where she mentored and developed some of the top Indigenous talent in today’s film industry. In her time as a screenwriter and director herself, she is the first—and only—Māori woman to write and direct a dramatic feature film. This fellowship serves to continue Merata Mita’s legacy and cultivate a stage for other Indigenous women around the world to tell their stories.|
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