Cinesnaps Schools Program

Save the date for next years Schools Program 20th to the 26th of August 2018

What is Cinesnaps all about?

It’s 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.

Proudly supported by Schools Partner Rio Tinto and Associate Partner, ATCO Gas Australia, Cinesnaps engages students and education professionals during Festival Week (20 – 26 August 2018) through excursions (general screenings), incursions (workshops with film industry professionals) and the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition, to encourage aspiring young local filmmakers.


Why not hear how students and teachers rated the experience, by viewing the Testimonials below?

Get involved

Interested in the Cinesnaps Schools Program?

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

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

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Schools Partners


Rio Tinto has supported CinefestOZ Film Festival as Premium Partner since 2010, and 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 15,500 students since 2012. In 2016, more than 4,000 students were involved from all program streams, through 60 engagement activities across the South West and the involvement of 25 film professionals. Some 22 production teams entered the 2016 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition (The Window) – which demonstrates great support across schools!

“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 700 employees living in the region. In 2015 more than $350,000 was invested in local community groups and organisations via community investment initiatives. Rio Tinto continues to inject millions into the region through employment and procurement opportunities.

Mark White from ATCO Australia with Cinesnaps Patron and Jury Chair Myles Pollard and Jury Panel Mark Coles Smith and Rhiannon Bannenberg. Front Row – Winner James Forster, Runners Up Eloise Collins and Jesse Adams


ATCO Gas Australia is pleased to be part of the CinefestOZ Schools Program as an Associate Partner and to support the filmmakers and actors of the future. 

“We’ve been delighted to support CinefestOZ and the Cinesnaps Schools Program for the past five years,” said ATCO Gas Australia President Pat Donovan. 

“We’re certainly look forward to seeing more great local talent having the chance to shine in 2017.”

ATCO Gas Australia owns, operates and maintains the reticulated gas networks that bring natural gas right to the doors of more than 725,000 homes and businesses throughout Western Australia. 

The team at ATCO Gas Australia is part of the local community – our people live, work and volunteer in the areas we serve.

ATCO Gas Australia ensures the safe, reliable and economic supply of natural gas to over 35,000 homes and businesses in the South West region, including Bunbury and Busselton, and are continually seeking to grow the network, providing the people that live in the South West more choice to meet their energy needs.