Melbourne International Film Festival

MIFF Talks - Discovering African filmmaking

African cinema is still largely under-represented, but it is also undergoing a resurgence, with bold new films capturing the attention of audiences around the globe and reappraisals of lost classics. This panel will address what it is that characterises African cinema and how the various national film industries within Africa have changed over the decades.

Panellists include Lizelle Bisschoff and Dorcas Utkovic. Moderated by Santilla Chingaipe.

Lizelle Bisschoff is a researcher and curator of African film and the founder of the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Scotland. Lizelle holds a PhD in African cinema from the University of Stirling in Scotland, in which she researched the role of women in African film. She has published widely on sub-Saharan African cinema and is a lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, where she teaches African cinema.

Dorcas Utkovic is an award-winning Melbourne producer, writer, director, fine artist and artistic/project officer. She studied Fine Art in South Africa and recently completed a Master of Arts in Writing through Swinburne University of Technology. She is the producer and presenter of OZ AFRICAN TV, the creative producer of One Beat One Love, a project officer for Multicultural Arts Victoria and the programmer of Emerge in Yarra 2018.

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who has spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News. She presented the documentary Date My Race (2017) and is the writer/director of documentary short Black as Me(2017). Santilla created and curated Australia’s first anti-racism all day festival, Not Racist, But... with the Wheeler Centre, she writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.

Celebrating Madiba

We are excited to see this year's celebration later this year.Advocating for youth and encouraging them  to observe Madiba's values through their actions, NMDCC formed Mandela365. Mandela365's objectives include:

  1. To develop and promote young leaders in the community (by using Nelson Mandela’s legacy of Ubuntu by promotion of the values that have embodied Nelson Mandela’s life – democracy; equality; reconciliation; diversity; responsibility; respect and freedom advocating for a universal values-based society).

  2. To create new opportunities for community engagement and understanding based on Nelson Mandela’s life of service and advocacy for human rights, peace and social justice.

  3. To equip young participants with the knowledge and skills to serve their community with purpose by imparting skills to their peers, community and family.      Objectives sourced from NMDCC website



Celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day in the heart of Melbourne City at Federation Square. The event was orgarnised by the hard working team at Nelson Mandela Day Commemorative Committe (NMDCC).

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
— Nelson Mandela


Thursday 12 July @ 7pm Loop Project Space & Bar, Melbourne
Every individual I interviewed is part of a much larger picture; they’re defining their countries creative scene. They’re setting the foundation, and that in itself is powerful.
— Albertina Ncube

3rd screening for ‘Abantu People of Art’ will be held in Melbourne.
Collaborating with Melbourne’s ColouredBold, prepare yourselves for all kinds of art created by POC!
The night is going to be one you wouldn’t want to miss out!

During her time in Zimbabwe in 2017/18, Albertina created ‘Abantu’ short documentary film. ‘Abantu’ (meaning ‘people’ in Zulu & Ndebele languages) highlights the lives of young creatives from Zimbabwe & Botswana as they discuss their artistic practice and industry challenges in Africa and ultimately, globally. 

Albertina Ncube is a Photographer living in Perth. She is the owner of ‘ATN Photography’ and specialises in portrait and event photography. Albertina ventured into this industry because of her passion for storytelling through visual imagery. As a photographer and creative, her ambition is to shine a light on
what was once dim and provide a platform for people of colour to recognise that they are beautiful and we
are one.