Opening Night celebrations will commence with a performance from the Djirri Djirri dance group, followed by the Australian premiere of Bones of Crows (Canada).

Written and directed by Marie Clements, Bones of Crows is a powerful, moving multi-generational epic of resilience, survival and the pursuit of justice. Marie Clements is visiting Australia for the festival, and will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Birrarangga Film Festival’s Opening Night is proudly presented in partnership with Ngarara Willim and RMIT Culture.

The festival will continue through the weekend with a host of feature film screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and short film packages, taking place at venues across the city.

Full details are in the festival program here: 2023 Program — Birrarangga Film Festival

Birrarangga Film Festival is thrilled to welcome visiting guests from overseas including Marie Clements (writer/director Bones of Crows), Tearapa Kahi (writer/director Muru), Tame Iti (cast member, Muru), Heather Hatch (writer/director Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace), Matthias Luafutu (cast member, A Boy Called Piano), Brooke Swaney (writer/director, Daughter of a Lost Bird), Cassie De Colling (director, Precious Leader Woman) and Maria Utsi (Project Manager, ÁRRAN 360°).

Local filmmaker guests of the festival include Jub Clerc (writer/director Sweet As), Liz Kearney (producer Sweet As), Bain Stewart (producer, The Drover’s Wife) and Jodie Bell (curator of the Connections short film package).

Artistic Director Tony Briggs adds “I’m excited that after months of hard work, the Birrarangga Film Festival is finally here. We are privileged to have these talented filmmakers and guests joining us for the festival, and I can’t wait for audiences to see some of the incredible works that feature in the program.”

Birrarangga Film Festival is produced with principal partner Creative Victoria, major partner VicScreen, presenting partners RMIT Culture, ACMI, Lido, Classic, Pride Centre and Federation Square and official Hotel partner Sofitel.

For tickets and further details on Birrarangga Film Festival’s program, please visit: