Matasila Freshwater is a Wellington director with a background in animation, anthropology and design. She cut her creative teeth on a run of 48 Hour filmmaking competitions (including 2017 Best Animation winner The Real Rare Arctic Firefly). Her award-winning short Shmeat – the tale of a mad scientist who devises a new food source – was chosen for the 'New Zealand’s Best' section of the 2016 NZ International Film Festival. in 2019 Freshwater was one of eight directors on Vai, a Pacific Island follow-up to feature Waru. That same year, she won New Filmmaker of the Year at the 2019 SPADA Screen Industry Awards.
Excellent production values encompassing a timely global story. Very Tim Burton-esque, but thoroughly entertaining and humorous. Judge Lee Tamahori, explaining the selection of short film Shmeat for the 'New Zealand’s Best' section of the 2016 NZ International Film Festival
2021, Director, Writer (episode 4) - Web
2019, Director, Writer (Solomon Islands - fishing story) - Film
2016, Director, Writer, Illustrator - Short Film