Maia is a documentary and fiction filmmaker with a focus on sharing nature, science, and evocative human stories. Having recently worked as a Junior Researcher on Operation Cloud Lab for BBC2, the focus is currently on science broadcasting.
Maia’s most recognized work is the award winning feature film Ebony Road, which she directed at the age of 17. Ebony Road was highly commended by industry professionals and won the award for Best Drama at the prestigious 2011 Portobello Film Festival Grand Awards Ceremony, and has since screened nationally at events, Q&As, and festivals.
Maia immediately went on to direct the short film Six Degrees on behalf of Steel Mill Pictures and the Hep C Trust. Six Degrees premiered at the 2011 V Festival, won the Choose Life Film Competition, and stars Georgia Groome, Sam Spruell, Laura Aikman & Paul Andrew Williams.
In 2013, Maia was a finalist in the Guardian's Very Short Film Competition; the judging panel of the live final of the four finalists included media professionals following a global online voting stage. 2013 also saw her direct and edit 14 films from the live TEDX St Andrews Event.
Recent directing work includes multi award winning short film Sunder which screened at the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the BFI Imax. Short film Witches for the Film 4 Scene Stealers competition made the shortlist of the top 30 from the 500 entrants with judges including Anna Higgs, Joe Cornish, Asif Kapadia and Lone Scherfig. Documentaries to date include a short about the exploitive extraction of conflict minerals in the DRC.
Music video directing includes the Christmas single Christmas Gets Worse Every Year by The Other Guys, and was officially supported by the BBC, Scottish Parliament, and Stephen Fry.
Maia is currently studying Geology at the University of St Andrews, but continues film work both in Scotland and London.