Mary-Lyn Chambers is an award-winning filmmaker born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She is a directing Fellow in both the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and Film Independent's diversity mentorship program, Project Involve.
Her short film exploring child refugees in US detention centers, Debris (Escombros), screened in three programs during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and traveled to festivals in Canada, Iran, the US, and the UK. The film won several awards including “Best International Short” at the Manchester International Film Festival, “Best Dramatic Short” from the 2016 Alliance of Women in Media Genii Awards, and “Best Female Director” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival.
Her award-winning pilot, The Plural of Blood, about a mixed-race police couple, had a robust festival run and can now be found on Amazon Prime. Tijuana, her second Spanish-language project and her first-period piece will have its world premiere at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival.
From 2004 to 2013, Chambers worked for the Independent Spirit Awards and eventually became the show’s Associate Producer. She has worked many notable film festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Denver Film Festival and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar. Such an atmosphere became fertile ground to prepare her for writing and directing.
She is currently developing her first feature film set in New Zealand and is known for hiring women and minorities in the majority leadership roles on her crews while tackling stories in the social justice/effecting-change space.