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 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.

Established in 2016, Winda Film Festival celebrates emerging and established Indigenous filmmakers from across Australia and around the world. In 2018, Winda would like to acknowledge and thank our major partners UTS: Jumbunna Institute, Create NSW and City of Sydney for their support and commitment to Indigenous screen. Also, Wurhu Darhuy Foundation and Event Cinemas for their continued support and partnership.

The Team

Pauline Clague
Pauline Clague

Gillian Moody
Gillian Moody

Mel Pesa
Mel Pesa

Georgia and Maddison
Georgia & Maddison

WINDA FILM FESTIVAL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT SUPPORT INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS IN AUSTRALIA AND INTERNATIONALLY. WINDA FILM FESTIVAL WAS FOUNDED BY THE WURHU DARHUY FOUNDATION AND ACCEPTS FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE FESTIVAL. WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT DGR STATUS. ALL CONTRIBUTORS WILL RECEIVE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ON THE WINDA FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE.




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