Executive Director, Erina Tamepo and members of Naw Board have just returned from the WINDA film festival in Sydney. WINDA meaning “stars” is a word from the Gumbaynggirr language of the north coast of New South Wales. In Aborginal Astronomy, they look to the stars for guidance, creation and for their ancestors. WINDA Film Festival showcased two feature films, seven documentaries and 31 short films from over six countries, including nine Australian premieres and two international premieres. Pauline Clague, the artistic director of WINDA, was Opening Keynote speaker at our own Hui-a-Tau held in October and we were so impressed by her presentation that we invited her to continue the following day.
This is the second year of the festival and it’s potential to bring more Indigenous films and their makers from the Northern hemisphere is obvious. Our own members screened works this year and we will continue to grow the relationship and support others to screen in the future.
Sydney is a fantastic city to host an International Festival and for us to travel a mere 3 hours across the Tasman is nothing compared to the distances that Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders must travel, so we remind our filmmakers to submit their films to this festival and make the trip. You will not be disappointed. WINDA has much to offer and we are the more fortunate for it.