Birrarangga Film Festival

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival is a biennial celebration of Indigenous made films from across the Globe.

Founded and curated by Wurundjeri / Yorta Yorta screen creative Tony Briggs (creator & writer of The Sapphires), the Festival presents over 100 beautiful, raw, inspiring and heartbreaking feature length and short films from across the world. BIRRARANGGA Film Festival features films from Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Mexico, Russia, Norway, Finland, Hawaii, Sweden and Greenland.

BIRRARANGGA is the Woiwurrung word for ‘River location’. Rivers connect Indigenous people across the world; they have fluidity, movement and life, just as feature films do.

First Nations relationships to the image as a form of expression, particularly in Australia, is connected to thousands of years of cultural practices. This festival honours that history and acknowledges the contemporary currency of the moving image, of film, as an expression of the human experience in relation to our natural surroundings.

The core vision for BFF is to nurture leadership and provide visibility to global Indigenous filmmakers while facilitating opportunities to forge new international relationships between screen practitioners. BFF creates a platform for Indigenous storytelling, encourages emerging leaders in the screen industry and creates visibility for Indigenous filmmakers.


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