Rowena Baines is an independent filmmaker from New Zealand. She studied documentary filmmaking at Otago University achieving her Masters. Five of her documentaries have been accepted into international film festivals. Dancing in the Dark - official selection NZIFF, The Contract - official selection New Zealand International Film Festival and the Doc Edge film festival; Akau - official selection Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival, Malandro - official selection Real Brazil International Film Festival; River Rehab - official selection Reel Earth International Film Festival.
Rowena gravitates towards films that have the potential to bring about social or environmental change and being a dancer herself has made a number of films based on dance.