What is Cinesnaps all about?

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Cinesnaps is about students developing an appreciation of the filmmaking process, as well as the role film, as a digital medium, plays in our culture. Cinesnaps creates opportunities to grow future audiences for Australian film, as well as encouraging the next generation of aspiring young industry professionals.

Other opportunities for Primary and Secondary students include Australian films screened at select cinemas, filmmaker Q&As, plus incursion and excursion experiences.  Plus, schools can enjoy Cinesnaps content online – anytime!  Check out the CineOnline offerings, with a variety of useful ‘digital pods’ specially curated by CinefestOZ.

The program aims to enhance the skills of regional young people by targeting key aspects of the curriculum (English, Media, Drama, Digital Technologies and HASS), through the creative processes of film and associated STEM areas. These can expand long-term educational outcomes for regional students as the program creates activities relevant to their studies.

Proudly supported by Community Partner Rio Tinto, and Partner WA Museum, Cinesnaps engages students and education professionals during Festival Week – and beyond!

Why not hear how teachers, students and film guests rated the experience, by viewing the testimonials

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CineOnline Program

We’ve expanded our repertoire with specifically curated online content available for educational groups, including aspiring young content creators.  For your convenience, CineOnline offers various content sessions through a membership subscription. Check out our first CineOnline offerings here – and stay tuned as more content is added.  

Get involved

Interested in the Cinesnaps Schools Program?

For further information contact the Community Manager on E: [email protected] or complete the online registration form.

Schools who wish to participate can register any time of the year.

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School Partners



Rio Tinto has supported CinefestOZ Film Festival as Premium Partner since 2010, and as a Schools Partner since 2012.

In 2015 Rio Tinto increased its funding substantially to ensure the sustainability and ongoing development and expansion of the festival, including the Cinesnaps Schools Program.

IndigifestOZ was also established as part of this partnership, to encourage participation and engagement from the local indigenous community.

Rio Tinto’s support has enabled the rapid expansion and development of the Cinesnaps Schools Program, with the participation of more than 35,000 students since inception. In 2020, more than 6,000 students were involved from all program streams, through 60 engagement activities across the South West and the involvement of 25 film professionals. Some 23 entries were received for the 2020 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition, which grew to 28 in 2021.

“Cinesnaps benefits thousands of school children, with flow-on value to education professionals and young people across the South West,” said Rio Tinto Community Engagement manager Shannara Sewell. “Rio Tinto is proud to support programs like the Cinesnaps Schools Program to enhance long-term educational outcomes for young people.”

The Cinesnaps Schools Program has significant long-term potential to extend beyond the South West region and Festival week by offering additional programs at other times of the year, and through facilitating Outreach Extension Programs into other regional communities.

“With Busselton our largest FIFO hub outside of Perth, we are committed to supporting economic and social development opportunities of the region,” Ms Sewell said. “Our partnerships with local government and community organisations are really important to us in contributing to a vibrant and robust community.”

Rio Tinto has a strong presence in Busselton with more than 900 employees living in the region. In 2020 Rio Tinto investment in the region delivered an economic impact of $124.3 million and created almost 675 jobs. Rio Tinto continues to inject millions into the region through employment and procurement opportunities.

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2021 Jury Chair Joel Jackson, MC Mercy Cornwall, winners Jake Holland and Aiden Gillett, jury member Jaimen Hudson, with Rio Tinto’s Jane Macey

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New for 2022, we’re also delighted to have the Western Australian Motion Picture Benevolent Fund join us as Associate Partners of the Cinesnaps Schools Program.  Since 1931, the organisation have been supporting film and cinema industry practitioners.   Additionally, Busselton Toyota are supporting the Community program in 2022, alongside the WA Museum who have been festival Partners since 2019.


Thank you to all of our Partners for their ongoing support as we work to inspire and grow the next generation of WA filmmakers.