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 Community Partner Rio Tinto and Partners, ATCO, Campus Perth and CQ University,  Cinesnaps engages students and education professionals during Festival Week (26 – 30 August 2019) 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: [email protected] 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 2017, more than 5,000 students were involved from all program streams, through 60 engagement activities across the South West and the involvement of 25 film professionals. Some 23 production teams entered the 2017 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition (The Birthday Card) – 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.

Jury panel member Mark Coles Smith, Rhiannon Bannenberg, Cinesnaps Patron and Jury Chair Myles Pollard with Winner James Forster and Linda Dawson from Rio Tinto.


Since 2013, ATCO Gas Australia has been part of the CinefestOZ Schools Program supporting 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.


CinefestOZ is delighted to welcome new Partner, Campus Perth – Perth’s exciting, new, co-living hub, centrally located in the heart of Northbridge.

Set to open its doors in 2019, Campus Perth is offering a generous student accommodation prize to the winners of the 2018/19 Cinesnaps Short Film competition as part of this year’s CinefestOZ film festival.


Commencing this year, CinefestOZ is excited to have CQ University join as a Partner.

CQUni is regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries they serve.