Colourfest celebrates films about diaspora and migrant experiences. With the democratisation of films, there is an abundance of content that showcase the success, challenges and nuances of migrant communities in Australia and the world. we share them with the broader community by holding free events, providing professional development/training, distributing films and producing resources.
Colourfest partners with over 30 local government organisations across Australia to hold screenings during Harmony Day. We run workshops for filmmakers, arts and community workers and produce resources challenging racism and celebrating diversity.
Colourfest was conceived in 2010 by as an alternative film night. In its debut year the festival screened ten short films, selected from a national call out. The festival was held at The Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville to a sold out crowd.
In 2011 the festival significantly expanded, to three cities; Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 2012 saw a further growth with the festival touring Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston and Brisbane. In 2013 Colourfest approached new ground by opening to international entries and launching the Harmony Day sessions. The Harmony Day sessions are a selection of family friendly Australian short films screening in over 30 venues around Australia.