2018 NEWS

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We’re excited to announce that Winda Film Festival will be returning for its third year in Sydney from November 22 – 25, 2018!

The film festival is all about giving a platform to Indigenous film, filmmakers and storytellers from across Australia and the world and celebrating the growth of the Indigenous filmmaking industry. 

Festival Artistic Director and Yaegl woman Pauline Clague says that Indigenous women are well represented this year.

“We have seen some strong female directors and roles coming out of the current crop of films from Indigenous people from around the world. Having this diversity of perspectives is so important to our storytelling.”

This year will see the majority of films shown being made by Australian Indigenous people; which shows a positive growth of the Australian Indigenous film industry.

Festival Co-Director and Gunai, Gunditjmara and Goreng Goreng woman Medika Thorpe says this year’s festival is bigger and better and keeps expanding year to year.

“We have around 20 Australian premieres. That’s an outstanding statistic that shows that Indigenous films by Indigenous filmmakers are continuously growing and we are very excited and lucky to be showing these incredible films to Australian viewers.”





The Winda Youth Focus been created to engage children and young people to develop an understanding of the importance of storytelling through film and media arts. It is also an opportunity to meet with aspiring role models in the arts from around the world.

The special screening is a children’s feature film called Tia & Piujuq, an Inuit film based on a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl with who she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.  

We would like to offer complimentary tickets to students that are accompanied by school staff and/or parents to the screening on 1pm, Friday, 23 November. The film is perfect for young people aged between 9-13 years old and features the Inuktitut language. Directed by Lucy Tulugarjuk, a wellknown Inuit filmmaker and actress.  

Martin Leroy Adams ‘Award of Resistance’



Winda launched the inaugural ‘Marty Leroy Adams Resistance Award’ in 2017 to honour and continue the legacy of a great film-warrior. In 2018 we will again be awarding an ‘Indigenous filmmaker who is making a difference in their community and around the world’.  Marty was a passionate, fierce and warrior filmmaker. He believed strongly in a vibrant, independent, Indigenous film festival that no matter where you come from, you can make a film to take around the world and make an impact through Indigenous storytelling. Marty sadly lost his battle to cancer in July 2017.  

“Thanks for remembering our dear Bala Martin Leroy Adams in this way. Thanks for your tireless work in creating this incredible film festival and for supportIng our voices and stories both here and abroad. Thanks for bringing and hosting our sisters and brothers from around the world in our country. It’s our connections to each other that make us strong and you do so much to create a place for this to happen. I’m deeply grateful for the legacy and generosity of spirit that you provide all of us and in doing so walk the path of those who have taught you.”


22 – 25 November 2018