VIGIL is a fearless epic work.

The first work of a larger project by Outer Urban Projects, that brings together an exceptional creative team of writers, performers, dance artists, filmmakers and community members to examine the intersection of public and private safety with race, gender and terror.

Award winning short film VIGIL is an intimate reflection on the ripple effects of gender-based violence that unpacks the layers of trauma of an abusive relationship or event. The work is an embodied devotion about the power of the collective, a congregation, a vigil.


Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Photographer Pippa Samaya

Director, Performer and Movement Director Tara Jade Samaya

Performer and Production Manager Ivy-Victoria Otradovec
Original Music and Sound Designer, Producer, VIGIL Project Director and Originator Irine Vela
Producer Kate Gillick
Mixing and Mastering Trevor Carter and Evripides Evripidou
Electric Guitar – Keyboard – Samples Irine Vela
Fretless Bass Evripides Evripidou
Electric Guitar Mulaim Vela
Electric Guitar Ron Peers


VIGIL film international screenings and awards:

WINNER Best Experimental Film London Greek Film Festival (UK)

WINNER Best Composer Toronto International Women’s Film Festival (Canada)

WINNER Best Experimental Film Onrios Film Festival, New York (USA)


NOMINEE Original Score The Monthly Film Festival Glasgow (UK)

SELECTED Short to the Point Film Festival Bucharest (Romania)

SELECTED Selected St Kilda Film Festival (AUS)


VIGIL – short film has been selected as part of St Kilda Festivals’ ‘Brave New Worlds’ programming. Brave New World gives audiences the opportunity to experience works from daring filmmakers whose work provides a glimpse at the future of high-risk Australian filmmaking. From dynamic dance pieces to beautifully told international stories filled with detail, this program sparkles with ambition and purpose.


VIGIL live work will premiere in 2025.

Developed with support from the Australian Government through Creative Australia and its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Besen Family Foundation, Inner North Community Foundation and Merri-bek City Council.

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