Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


Profile Details

  • Country:   Canada
  • Province/State:   British Columbia
  • City:   Vancouver and New York City
  • How do you Identify?:   Indigenous - Blackfoot & Sámi
  • Age:   34
  • Field of Work:   Fiction/Scripted and Documentary
  • Union:   DGC
  • Rep:   Barbara J. Bird, The Characters Talent Agency
  • Interested In:   TV Writing Room, Directing TV For Hire, Directing Film/Digital for Hire, Developing my own Film/TV/Digital Material, and Shadowing
  • Recent Credits:   The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
  • Link:   http://www.elle-maija-tailfeathers.com/


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. She is Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in First Nations Studies with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Tailfeathers was the 2018 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Film Fellow and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Lab, the Hot Docs Accelerator Lab, the CFC/NFB/Ford Foundation Open Immersion Virtual Reality Lab, the Whistler Film Festival Aboriginal Film Fellowship, and the International Sámi Film Institute Indigenous Film Fellowship. Her short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary. Tailfeathers received a Canadian Screen Award, a UBCP/ACTRA VWIFF Award, and was nominated for a Leo Award and an American Indian Motion Picture Award for her performance in On the Farm. Her narrative feature-length directorial debut, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, co-written and co-directed with Kathleen Hepburn, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation Program and won numerous awards including both the Toronto and Vancouver Film Critics Best Canadian Feature Award. She is currently directing a feature-length documentary about the opiate crisis in her home community of Kainai with the support of the National Film Board of Canada as well as the Hot Docs Cross Currents Fund.