Ivan Sen, who won the Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2014 and 2004. 

Entries are open for the 2019 Kate Challis RAKA Award, which this year will recognise an Indigenous screenwriter.

RAKA, which means ‘five’ in the Pintupi language, is awarded to an Indigenous artist in one of five categories annually, including creative prose, poetry, script writing, drama and visual arts.

The $20,000 award will this year celebrate the best script for film or television by an Indigenous writer which has screened in the last five years.

The RAKA, or Ruth Adeney Koori Award, was first awarded in 1991 to help advance recognition of Aboriginal artistic achievements, and is administered by the Australian Centre within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

The award was established by art and cultural historian Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith. It is named to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney.

Past winners include Ivan Sen (2014 and 2004), Jub Clerc (2017), Warwick Thornton (2009), Rima Tamou (1999) and Tracey Moffatt (1994).

Applications close Monday 10 June 2019.

Apply here.

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