Arrpenhe-nthenhe – Call for expressions of interest

In 2016 a new international film festival –  Something Somewhere – was presented for the first time in Alice Springs. It was produced by a local team and will happen again in April 20–23rd 2017, and into the future. For the 2017 festival we are putting together a program of films that are full of the languages of Central Australia. With the help of Arrernte elder MK Turner we have named the program Arrpenhe-nthenhe – meaning ‘where’s the other one?’ The main focus of Arrpenhe-nthenhe 2017 will be Arrernte, and we would like to represent films with other languages of our region – Alyawarr, Anmatyerr, Kaytetye, Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra, Warlpiri and so on.

We want to make sure that it is a program of films that senior people approve of and that a local audience will enjoy. It will be fun and educational – suitable for families, school groups and people interested in language, culture and history. We will check each film with the families connected to it, especially if there are people in the films who are deceased. We are establishing a consultation network for the program so that we can check in throughout the whole project. Alongside curating the films we are working with the festival team to create some language teaching and learning experiences – such as audio visual displays and language immersions ­– for people to learn more about Arrernte and other languages.


We welcome your expressions of interest in submitting content for the Arrpenhe-nthenhe Indigenous Languages film program. Arrpenhe-nthenhe will be part of the Something Somewhere Film Festival, to be held in Alice Springs April 20–23rd 2017.

Selection criteria for Arrpenhe-nthenhe 2017:

  • Each film is in an Indigenous language or languages
  • The films are connected to and resonate with the Alice Springs community and the wider Central Australian region
  • Each film is considered by the senior members of the language group as suitable for presenting in a film festival to the general public
  • The films are diverse in subject, topic, location, style and creative team
  • Each film has copyright and intellectual property rights clearance for festival screening
  • Video files must be of an acceptable technical quality for large-screen projection

We want Arrpenhe-nthenhe to grow alongside the Something Somewhere Festival into an annual showcasing of Australia’s Indigenous Languages in film, celebrating the diversity of languages and the richness of creative filmmaking in remote Australia. Arrpenhe-nthenhe will focus on locally produced and non-commercial films that may not otherwise gain a wide viewing.

In 2017 Arrpenhe-nthenhe is focused on Central Australian languages and will reflect the linguistic mix of Alice Springs. We will broaden the program in subsequent years, showcasing films from across Australia in a wide range of Australia’s Indigenous languages. Hence we are interested in expressions of interest for languages outside Central Australia and will maintain a database of these films for consideration in future festivals.

Arrpenhe-nthenhe will be embedded into the Something Somewhere festival. There will be one session devoted entirely to Indigenous Language films, with a sprinkling of shorts throughout other sessions throughout the festival. Festival-goers will have access to more information about the languages featured in the Arrpenhe-nthenhe program. This will include notes in the festival program and links to online resources. Examples of the types of information provided include – spelling and pronunciation guides, summaries of films (especially for films that are not subtitled), language maps and location guides, basic grammatical information, links to additional readings and other resources.

To submit or suggest films for consideration, please contact:

Margaret Carew

08 8951 8344 | 0422 418 559

Please provide a link to the film or say where it can be reviewed.

Arrpenhe-nthenhe is a project of the Arrernte Language Office at the Desert Peoples Centre, in partnership with the Something Somewhere Film Festival. Supported by the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics (CALL) through the Australian Government and Batchelor Institute.

The artwork in this post shows part of a mural on the Yeperenye Centre in Alice Springs. The mural depicts plants and animals from the Central Desert with their names in Arrernte. This significant public work was created by team of artists including Therese Ryder and Jenny Green in 1991.