CinefestOZ Broome announced with first festival set for November

Broome, Western Australia.

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Film festival powerhouse CinefestOZ has announced its newest annual event, CinefestOZ Broome.

The announcement came after CinefestOZ and Broome-based Indigenous media organisation Goolarri Media were named joint recipients of one of the 2022 Arts Impact WA grants for $100,000.

The grant backs impactful arts projects, allowing participants the opportunity to pitch their ideas and inspire major change with their work. 

The $100,000 contribution will allow Goolarri Media and CinefestOZ to grow a Broome-based festival with the goal of becoming Australia’s premier Indigenous-focused film festival. The event will honour First Nations filmmakers with a sound community program including schools.

CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon is thrilled to bring CinefestOZ to the Broome community.

“CinefestOZ and Goolarri Media have a sound working relationship developing IndigifestOZ as part of the the South West festival and are looking forward to expanding this to Broome,” said Nixon.

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Goolarri Media CEO Jodie Bell is also excited about what this collaboration will mean for Indigenous creatives and Broome’s filmmaking landscape.

“CinefestOZ Broome presents such an exciting opportunity for Kimberley people,” said Bell.

“The festival will bring Indigenous filmmakers to the region to present their stories and share their skills with the community, in particular the youth of our community, who we hope will be inspired to become the next generation of Indigenous storytellers and filmmakers.”

CinefestOZ Broome will also deliver film screenings and industry events in addition to IndigifestOZ: the festival’s Indigenous film program.

No stranger to the film scene, the region is home to feature films such as Bran Nue Dae and Mad Bastards, along with the mega-popular television series Mystery Road 2. Its rich cultural history, promising local talent and natural beauty makes Broome the perfect destination for CinefestOZ.

CinefestOZ Broom’s inaugural program will run November 3-6.

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