Last weekend members of NAW Board attended the third Winda Film Festival in Sydney, 2018.
Winda celebrates the culture of First Nations people.
Winda meaning “stars” is a word from the Gumbaynggirr language of the north coast of New South Wales. The logo is a star trail of the Milky Way which is seen across the Southern Hemisphere. It is also inspired by one of the creation stories that crosses the nations of Australia – “the emu in the sky dreaming”.
Curated by the amazing Pauline Clague, a Yaegl woman from the North Coast of New South Wales and Medika Thorpe a Gunai-Gureng Gureng woman, this years focus was on indigenous women film-makers. Special guests included Tantoo Cardinale (of Métis descent). Tantoo is an award winning Canadian activist and screen icon who appeared in two new features screened at the festival. (You are likely to remember her from Dances with Wolves and Legends of the Fall).
We have had the privilege of meeting more fantastic indigenous female filmmakers like Michelle DeRosier First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Darlene Naponse (Northern Ontario), Sardan Savvina (Siberia). While in Sydney we networked over lunch with Screen Australia and had lunch with the founder of Blackfella films the ultra- talented Director, Writer, Producer Rachel Perkins. The finale was celebrated at Barangaroo Reserve where we watched the first ever sci fi film made in Greenland.