Photo credit: Connor O'Brien

Photo credit: Connor O'Brien

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. 

She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders and report extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities.

Santilla created and hosted the Africa Talks series in partnership with the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, which explored perceptions about African-Australian identity, representation and politics.

Last year, she presented a one-off documentary for SBS, DATE MY RACE. She wrote and directed, BLACK AS ME, which explores the perception of beauty and race in Australia. It received a theatrical release at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, (ACMI) and was screened at various festivals including The Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF) and the St Kilda Short Film Festival.

Her latest documentary series THIRD CULTURE KIDS airs on the ABC later this year.

Santilla is the founder of the annual Behind the Screens initiative, in partnership with The Footscray Community Arts Centre and supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia. It aims to increase the representation of people from underrepresented groups in the Australian screen industry.

Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics. She was awarded a State Library of Victoria Fellowship to research African migration to Australia pre-federation.

She writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.