What is Cinesnaps all about?

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.

Proudly supported by Community Partner Rio Tinto, Major Partner WA Museum and Partners CQUniversity and Newmont GoldCorp, Cinesnaps engages students and education professionals during Festival Week (24 – 28 August 2020) through excursions, incursions and the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.


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

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 15,500 students since 2012. In 2018, 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 2018 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition, themed “Mirrors” – 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.

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Rio Tinto’s Gaby Poirier, runner up Jaxon D’Arth, Jury Chair Myles Pollard, winners James Kenworthy and Cooper Warwick, with Jury members Eddie Baroo and Caroline Constantine


CinefestOZ welcomes the significant support from Major Partner WA Museum this year through unique and historically rich, and interesting film projects.  Introducing for the first time, WA [email protected]  Extraordinary Encounters in VR and 3D. All elements are delivered by the WA Museum free of charge to the South West community. 


Commencing in 2018, CinefestOZ is excited to have CQ University return 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.


Founded in 1921, Newmont Goldcorp began operating in Australia in 2002 with the clear purpose of creating value, and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining.  Their presence in the region is comprised of three operations in Australia – Boddington, Tanami and Kalgoorlie.

This year CinefestOZ welcomes Newmont Goldcorp as a Partner.