Chelsea Winstanley

Writer, Producer, Director | This Too Shall Pass

Chelsea Winstanley


Chelsea Winstanley is an Oscar® nominated producer and an award-winning filmmaker.

As a PGA producer on Academy nominated feature Jojo Rabbit, Chelsea became the first indigenous female Oscar® nominee for Best Picture. In 2019 she was a producer on Night Raiders - the first Canadian / NZ Indigenous Co-Production written and directed by Cree First Nations filmmaker Danis Goulet. She was a producer on the Hawaiian film Ka Pō and 2018 documentary Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, about Māori director Merata Mita. In 2014, she worked on on vampire hit What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Waititi and Jemaine Clement – now a TV show for FX.

In 2017 she produced the Disney animated version of Moana Reo Māori and released Lion King and Frozen in Te Reo Māori in 2022.

As a Director she was one of nine women who made the anthology feature Waru which won the LAAPFF best film award in 2018.

Her new venture Ahi theatrically released the critically acclaimed Sundance award winning film, The Territory directed by Alex Pritz co-produced by the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau of Brazil. At the 2023 Sundance film festival AHI represented two films in official selection Talk To Me and Bad Behaviour.


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