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First Nations Screen Strategy

Launched in November 2020 as part of NAIDOC Week, the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy 2020-2025 is the agency’s five year plan to grow, highlight and support South Australian First Nations voices and stories on screens locally and globally.

Scroll through the page to find out more about how the SAFC supports South Australian First Nations screen creatives – or hit the button below to email our team.

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About the strategy

The vision for the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy 2020-2025 is built on a tradition of 75,000 years of storytellers across South Australia, from the desert to the sea.

Our goal is to ensure that the South Australian First Nations screen sector is fully supported to thrive and create ambitious and distinctive projects for screen and digital platforms.

Read the media release about the launch of the strategy, or download it using the button below.

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First Nations Advisory Committee

Comprising First Nations leaders across business, the arts and screen sectors, the SAFC’s First Nations Advisory Committee brings a wealth of experience and cultural authority to guide, encourage, and provide direction on our First Nations screen initiatives. Meet the current committee members below.

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The SAFC Cultural Protocols guide

Cultural Protocols Guide

The SAFC’s First Nations Cultural Protocols guide is a practical and informative handbook on culturally appropriate working practices with South Australian First Nations communities.

Designed for screen productions working in South Australia, the handy digital booklet outlines Cultural Protocols including Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country, how to identify whose country you’re filming on and advice on obtaining filming permits, as well as including an overview of other considerations for situations involving First Nations South Australian communities and content, with advice and links for further reading.

First Nations viewers are advised that this document may contain images of people who have passed away.

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Developed by the SAFC and Screen Territory together with collaborating partners Screen Australia’s Indigenous DepartmentDocumentary Australia Foundation (DAF), AFTRS Indigenous (Australian Film, Television & Radio School), ABC and NITV, Centralised is a ground-breaking initiative to boost First Nations filmmakers and screen creatives in South Australia and Northern Territory with specialised funding, support and development opportunities.

First Nations practitioners using the Pirrku Kuu Hub for the Centralised Immersive Storytelling Lab 2022, photo by Naomi Jellicoe

Pirrku Kuu Hub

Taking its name from the Kaurna term meaning “Story Room”, the Pirrku Kuu Hub is a free co-working space for First Nations screen practitioners at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios facilities.

The Pirrku Kuu Hub can accommodate up to three practitioners at any one time, with three working spaces, computer facilities, meeting rooms, printing facilities and Wi-Fi, plus a shared kitchen.

Zibeon Fielding in Running 62 (2018), photo by Chris Tangey

A world of storytelling

The SAFC has a long history of supporting First Nations filmmakers to take their stories to the screen. Below is a selection of First Nations led films, documentaries, TV series and short films that have been produced since the launch of the SAFC’s first Aboriginal Screen Strategy in 2015.

Click on each tile below to find out more, including how to watch online.

PLUS: Check out our special video showcase of SAFC supported productions which feature the work of South Australian First Nations key creatives, crew and cast, tell First Nations stories, and highlight the depth and breadth of talent in the sector.

Image: Running 62, photo by Chris Tangey.