Indigenous film and culture explored at CinéfestOZ

CinéfestOZ film festival introduces an exciting program of Indigenous film and culture as part of this year’s festival. IndigifestOZ celebrates and builds awareness of Australian culture through Aboriginal film, art, music and food, and by recognising artists creating important work.

CinéfestOZ Deputy Chair Helen Shervington said IndigifestOZ provides a showcase for Indigenous film and other cultural activities and is central to the festival’s support for the Australian film industry.

“As a predominantly Australian film festival, CinéfestOZ provides a platform and audience for Australian stories, filmmakers and artists to be seen and heard. We are immensely proud of the Aboriginal content at this year’s festival and of the talented filmmakers who have chosen to screen their work and attend CinéfestOZ.”

Helen Shervington said instrumental in the development of the IndigifestOZ Program has been a special contribution from Premium Partner Rio Tinto, supported by a generous philanthropic donation from Kylie and Alan Brierty.

The Rio Tinto Colours: From Country to Coast exhibition, featuring Indigenous art from the Pilbara and South West is open from 15 to 30 August at ArtGeo and will also form part of festival’s IndigifestOZ Cultural Day on 26 August.

Rio Tinto general manager Communities Ben Laidlaw said the introduction of IndigefestOZ was an exciting way to increase the profile of Indigenous film.
“Rio Tinto is proud to be a long-term supporter of CinéfestOZ and we are pleased to support the new IndigifestOZ programme in 2015,” Mr Laidlaw said. “It’s great to see this new initiative has already made a positive impact on the film program content.”

Filmmakers attending CinéfestOZ include:
• Celebrated director and actor Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Redfern Now, Septembers of Shiraz), who is a CinéfestOZ Film Prize jury member
• Local Busselton actor Kelton Pell, who will present a retrospective of his 20-year career in film and television
• Kelrick Martin with his documentary musical Prison Songs
• Tom Lawford and Sylvestor Rangie, who will support their feature documentary and CinéfestOZ Film Prize finalist film Putuparri and the Rainmakers a MIFF@CinefestOZ presentation
• Dennis Simmons, who will attend to support his feature documentary Whadjuk to Wadjemup
• Molly Reynolds, who will support her film Another Country starring David Gulpilil and contribute her talents to the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition as a jury member;
• Producer Jodie Bell and actresses Cheyanne Carter and Lynette Narkle

David Gulpilil in Molly Reynold's documentary, Another Country.

David Gulpilil in Molly Reynold’s documentary, Another Country.

Aboriginal film content this year spans the CinéfestOZ Film Prize; Putuparri and the Rainmakers (MIFF@CinefestOZ); and feature film content: Another Country, Prison Songs. Short films included in the IndigifestOZ line up are Dennis Simmons’ Ace of Spades, Leah Purcell’s Auntie Maggie and the Womba Wakgun, Ngaire Pigram’s Dark Whispers, Kimberley West’s High Tide, Kelrick Martin’s Karroyul, Dot West’s Maap Mordak and Naji, Perun Bonser’s Invisible Light and Shadows of Displacement, Lily Radloff’s Summer Blues, Ashley Spratt’s Revealing the Hidden World and Jub Clerc’s Min Min Light.

A number of film events with exclusive Indigenous content are detailed in the CinéfestOZ Program.

Indigenous film will also be a special feature of the Cinesnaps Schools Program. There will be interactive art workshops with visiting Pilbara artists (Fri 14 Aug); CinéfestOZ will offer bus transport to the IndigifestOZ Cultural Day (10am-2pm Wed 26 Aug); schools from regional towns and home schooling families will travel to Busselton for a Day Excursion (Thu 27 Aug) to experience Aboriginal film workshops, feature film screenings and a tour of the Colours: From Country to Coast Exhibition; plus an impressive line-up of indigenous film guests will conduct schools incursions and feature film Q&A’s throughout festival week.  The youth friendly Grand Finale will showcase, for the first time, a short film produced by local aboriginal students.  In addition, there will be a screening of the Aboriginal feature film Bran Nue Dae; as part of the new Schools Session component of the Community Screenings Program.

Helen Shervington said the IndigifestOZ Cultural Day at the Art Geo and Cultural Precinct, Busselton, should not be missed.

“We have an incredible program of events happening from 10am to 3.45pmWednesday 26 August and I encourage everyone to come along to it. There will be dancing, body painting, market stalls of Indigenous foods and a number of our very special festival guests will attend.”

CinéfestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Rio Tinto is a proud Premium Partner of CinéfestOZ. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

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