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. She partnered with the Wheeler Centre again to curate Australia’s first all day, anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But…, which is now its second season.

Her film credits include the landmark SBS documentary, DATE MY RACE. She wrote and directed, BLACK AS ME and her latest documentary series THIRD CULTURE KIDS is currently streaming ABC iView.

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