Since 2013, the Festival has showcased 20 inspiring titles directed by Indigenous filmmakers to enthusiastic audiences – just over 7,500 people. Almost 50 Indigenous creatives, from across the country, have travelled to Sydney to present their films and meet filmmakers from Australia and overseas.
Two Indigenous directors, Ivan Sen and Dylan River, will be premiering their latest productions in this year's Sydney Film Festival: Goldstone and Black Chook.
'Goldstone is about us, and our cultural crossroads. The first screening of the film anywhere in the world will be in Sydney, at home on our country, on country, where it should be.' – Ivan Sen
'Sydney Film Festival will be the first screening for Black Chook. A personal story for writer Bruce Pascoe that has become a personal story for me.' – Dylan River
'Ivan Sen's Goldstone is a sophisticated thriller supported by an all-star cast that delves head first into the issues bombarding Aboriginal people today. He has not shied away from the complexities around the search for identity, the impacts of poverty and the destructive forces of mining, in this beautifully crafted feature. Once again Screen Australia is proud to support these Screen: Black presentations.' – Penny Smallacombe, Screen Australia Indigenous Department.