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Indigenous Inspiration

For the third year running, IndigifestOZ presented an excellent showcase of Indigenous film, culture and talent throughout the festival.

Festival guest Mark Coles-Smith was one of the many filmmakers to take part in the festival, particularly shining a light on his work in the Australian industry. As an Indigenous actor, producer and writer, Mark Coles-Smith has amassed impressive credits alongside Australia’s greatest talents. A retrospective of Mark’s work, including a Q&A with Mark and screening of The Last Cab to Darwin, drew a large crowd of locals and school groups. As a jury member for Cinesnaps Short Film Competition, Mark was exposed to the incredible passion for filmmaking that CinefestOZ has been nurturing in the students of the South West over the years and was impressed by the talent on show. CinefestOZ’s prestigious Gala Night included the presentation of MESSiAH, a short film in which Mark stars alongside David Gulpilil. It was a great pleasure to have Mark introduce the film and give the Gala Night audience insight into the Kimberley set comedy.

Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy, Namatjira Project and The Song Keepers had CinefestOZ audiences captivated on the big screen with their incredible Indigenous stories, whilst the Indigenous Showcase Side Bars wowed crowds at the Jewel Cave and Caves House.

CinefestOZ was proud to bring Collisions, with Curtis Taylor, a virtual reality film to the Festival. On show to school groups and the community, the film was an incredible experience to all who had the chance to engage.

IndigifestOZ is proudly supported by Rio tinto and a generous philanthropic donation from Kylie and Alan Brierty.