Winda means ‘stars’ in the Gumbaynggirr language from the north coast of New South Wales. The name of the Festival draws inspiration from Aboriginal Astronomy, where we look to the stars for guidance, creation and for our ancestors.

The logo is the star trail of the Milky Way which is seen across the Southern Hemisphere, and also inspired by The Emu In The Sky dreaming as one of the creation stories that crosses the nations of Australia.

The inaugural Festival, curates works by Australian and international Indigenous filmmakers focusing on the theme ‘From the Four Directions’.

Submissions will open in 2017 for filmmakers to be part of the Festival, so stay tuned for more information.

The Wurhu Darhuy Foundation and New Horizon Films in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival have produced the inaugural Winda Film Festival, a new Indigenous film festival for Sydney.

The Festival would like to acknowledge and thank Screen Australia as our major government partner for their commitment to Indigenous screen. Also, Screen NSW, NITV, Macquarie Bank and 33 Creative for their support and partnership.

New Horizon Films is celebrated Indigenous producer Pauline Clague‘s production house specialising in feature film, tele-movie, television drama, documentary, and digital content production. Pauline has held senior executive positions in Australia’s top broadcasting companies, alongside senior production, acquisition and advisory roles in the government and education sectors. New Horizon Films is the auspicing body for the inaugural Winda Film Festival of which Pauline is also the Founder and Artistic Director.

The Wurhu Darhuy Foundation, meaning Our Voices in Yaegl, is a collective of Indigenous filmmakers who strive to create, foster and support opportunities for Indigenous voices to empower, unify, inspire and entertain, through social, economic, innovation and self-sufficiency programs for the advancement of Aborigional cultures, and stories in digital landscapes.

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content and a registered charity committed to inspiring and connecting communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts. The imagineNATIVE festival, tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists, and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.