Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

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Blacktown Shorts Film Festival is back and heading to one of Australia’s most iconic venues, the Sydney Opera House!

Now in its third year, the 2024 Blacktown Shorts Film Festival will premiere 5 newly-commissioned short films from some of western Sydney’s most exciting filmmakers.

Western Sydney writer, director, producer and actor Vonne Patiag returns as the 2024 Festival Director.

Program soon to be announced.


Vonne Patiag is an AACTA, AWGIE, Logie and SPA Award-nominated Filmmaker and Actor based in Western Sydney. His credits include Significant Others (ABC), The Unusual Suspects (SBS), Here Out West (ABC), Too Many Ethnics, Tomgirl (SBS), and Halal Gurls (ABC).

He was a participant in the prestigious TIFF Filmmaker Lab 2021 in support of the feature adaptation of Tomgirl and was part of the Talent USA Delegate 2022 sponsored by Screen Australia.

In 2020 he produced and co-wrote The Unusual Suspects with Aquarius Films, and feature film anthology Here Out West with Co-Curious and Emerald Productions. His latest short ‘Too Many Ethnics’ premiered at Flickerfest in 2023.

Blacktown Shorts Film Festival is presented by Blacktown Arts in partnership with the Sydney Opera House and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Blacktown City Council.


Image Credits:

Film still from The Whispering Glass by Taofia Pelesasa
Vonne Patiag, courtesy of the artist

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