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Documentary Australia Award

Sydney Film Festival is honoured to present the annual Documentary Australia Award, supported by Documentary Australia.

Previous winners include Keep Stepping (2022), I’m Wanita (2021), Descent (2020), She Who Must Be Loved (2019), Ghosthunter (2018), The Pink House (2017), In the Shadow of the Hill (2016), Only the Dead (2015), and 35 Letters (2014).

See full list of entrants at Sydney Film Festival here.


Deryk Lynch in Marulungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black). Aboriginal man stands in front of a dam in Australian desert
Directed by Derik Lynch, Matthew Thorne 2022 Australia 24 minutes Unclassified 15+

Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch takes a road trip back to Country (Aputula), as memories from his childhood return. Berlinale 2023, Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and Teddy queer short film prize.

Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch escapes the oppressive white city life of Adelaide, taking a road trip back to Country (Aptula), his remote Anangu community. There, he seeks spiritual healing and performs on sacred Inma ground. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (myths) have been passed down for more than 60,000 years. Marungka Tjalatjunu won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and a Teddy Award for best queer short film at the 2023 Berlinale. 2023 Winner Documentary Australia Award


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