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First Nations Screen Strategy

FIRST NATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dennis Stokes

First Nations Advisory Committee member Dennis Stokes
SAFC First Nations Advisory Committee member Dennis Stokes

“The SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy is important to ensure the future of Indigenous film in South Australia, and nationally. It’s vital that First Nations filmmakers have the opportunity to tell their stories to the world and be able to develop, through this strategy, long and successful careers.”

Dennis Stokes is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and comes from Darwin. He belongs to the Wardaman, Luritja and Warramunga people of the Northern Territory and the Wagadagam people of the Torres Strait.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide, and has previously worked for the Australia Council for the Arts as a Project Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIA). There, he worked to deliver a strategic development plan to help Indigenous Arts organisations get better outcomes.

Dennis worked as Content Division Manager at National Indigenous Television (NITV) and was then appointed to the role of National Indigenous Program Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). In his time at AFTRS, Dennis oversaw a large growth in Indigenous participation and workshops in arts media throughout Australia.

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