CinefestOZ acknowledges the Wardandi and Piblemen people, the spiritual and cultural custodians of this land on which we live and work. We honour and respect the significant role First Nations people play in our community and in guiding us and allowing our festival to flourish.
We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land we live and work on and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and future.
Program Highlight for this year…
In 2021 we enjoyed reconnecting with our community. We reimagined the IndigifestOZ experience with a new pilot event!
Community Day on Saturday 28 August was held at the Busselton Tennis Club where we met Indigenous filmmakers, enjoyed Indigenous short films and appreciated local products from various stall holders – as well as delicious foods. Audiences were treated to some live movie-making, witnessing Stunts: Behind the scenes, complete with super heroes saving the day in city-landscapes. The event was free and also celebrated the IndigifestOZ Retrospective filmmaker for 2021, Leah Purcell.
The IndigifestOZ Schools experience was held on the Friday, also at Busselton Tennis Club and hundreds of students visited, enjoying the Activity Zones with Indigenous short films including the special VR experience Virtual Whadjuk, plus learning about film technologies and stunt performance. AIEOs/schools, please register your interest here for 2022. Cinesnaps-IndigifestOZ Schools Program interest.
IndigifestOZ showcases quality Indigenous film works and engages film-goers through a combination of Feature Films in General Screenings, Short Film events and in the free Community Screenings. In promoting Aboriginal film works, new audiences develop, as does an increased awareness and understanding of culture and appreciation of Aboriginal talent.
Together with the Cinesnaps Schools Program, IndigifestOZ also offers school incursions and excursions, including engagement with established and emerging Indigenous filmmakers.
In 2020 we needed to do things a little differently, which led to some exciting developments, including the launch of CINEONLINE. As part of this, these IndigifestOZ Experiences were created and can be accessed free by our community and school groups. Enjoy!