Sydney Film Festival is committed to showcasing work by First Nation filmmakers from around the world. New films from Australian Indigenous filmmakers will screen alongside a retrospective of short films funded by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The importance of hearing First Nation stories, told by First Nation filmmakers, was recognised back in 1993 when Australia’s first film fund dedicated to supporting Indigenous filmmakers was established. This has resulted in an array of exceptional films and talent, including Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton, Ivan Sen, Darren Dale, Wayne Blair, Adrian Wills, Dena Curtis, Steven McGregor, Beck Cole, Darlene Johnson and many more.
The Festival audience has enjoyed many of the films funded by this initiative over the years, from Dendy Award finalists like Erica Glynn’s winner My Bed Your Bed, to Documentary Award competitors (Dylan River’s prizewinning Buckskin), and Opening Night features (Ivan Sen’s features Mystery Road and Goldstone, and Warwick Thornton’s We Don’t Need a Map). Indeed, the Festival and our screens, large and small, are all the richer for the voices and stories of Australia’s Indigenous filmmakers.
The 2018 First Nations strand includes emerging talent like Grant Saunders, director of Teach a Man to Fish, Tyson Mowarin (Discovering Country), Hunter Page Lochard (Djali), and Curtis Taylor (co-director, Yulubidyi – Until the End); and established filmmakers such as Dean Gibson (Wik vs Queensland) and Dylan River (Finke: There & Back).
We’re also proud to present two films by First Nation filmmakers from overseas: Mud from Navajo filmmaker Shaandiin Tome; and Daughter of the Sun from Sami filmmaker Sara Margrethe Oskal.