SANDOVER FILMS PTY LTD
Viviana Petyarre, 22, is an Alyawarre filmmaker from Utopia, NT. A thoughtful and promising filmmaker, her works showcase indigenous culture and diversity.
During her four years at CAAMA Productions, Alice Springs, Viviana produced eight short documentaries, directing four of them and writing two of them. Her filmmaking diversity also expands into camerawork and sound recording. Her work is screened on NITV, Foxtel, SBS and Indigenous Community TV.
Viviana has been singled out for attention on many occasions in her blossoming career. Her documentary, Petyarre, filmed at Utopia with her famous artist grandmothers, was invited to screen at the prestigious Margaret Festival in New York in 2016. She was awarded the NITV Spirit Initiative Award in 2017; the 2016 Rising Indigenous Talent Award at the Dungong Film Festival; and won the 2016 Steven McGregor Best Emerging Talent in Film/TV award.
Viviana was handpicked by the director of Beach House Pictures Singapore, Donovan Chan, for a three month internship, which she completed in 2017. Recently, she has been honoured by Screen Australia, ABC and Bunya Films with an invitation into the writer’s room of the hugely successful ABC series, Mystery Road.
Viviana’s films draw on her Alyawarre cultural heritage and the community she lives in, Alice Springs. Her connection to her community and her youth inject her work with a fresh and exciting vitality. Viviana brings an authenticity and intimacy to the screen.
Viviana has recently left CAAMA and has formed her own production company, Sandover Films PTY LTD. Viviana is about to produce and direct another Utopia short documentary through the NITV “Red Ochre” initiative.
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