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Mark Coles Smith welcomed as CinefestOZ Broome Ambassador

Mark Coles Smith welcomed as CinefestOZ Broome Ambassador 1

Mark Coles Smith, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia - Photograph by David Dare Parker

We are excited to announce talented actor Mark Coles Smith as Ambassador for the inaugural CinefestOZ Broome presented by Goolarri Media, which kicks off next week 3-6 November in Broome in WA’s beautiful Kimberley region.

Fresh from roles in ABC drama Savage River and soon to be released First Nations film Sweet As, which screens at CinefestOZ Broome, Nyikina man Coles Smith will join local and national Indigenous talent at the four-day event to be held at iconic Broome locations, including under the stars at Sun Pictures – the world’s oldest operating picture garden. 

Coles Smith said he was honoured to become an Ambassador for our festival that champions the importance of First Nations stories and culture on film.

“It’s a real joy to be able to support a festival in my hometown that celebrates First Nations filmmaking,” he said.

“My earliest memories of cinema were of going to Sun Pictures and sitting under the stars with my choc bomb, but this time around I’m excited we’ll get to hear from the incredible creatives and filmmakers who’ve brought the films we’ll see at the festival to life.”  

Our Chair Margaret Buswell said “we’re delighted that Mark – a stand-out talent – is giving his time and knowledge to help grow our First Nations Film Festival in Broome.”

“We’re also fortunate to have many other talented Indigenous creatives share their filmmaking knowledge at events throughout the festival, such as writer/director Jub Clerc -who’ll present her first feature film Sweet As – an extraordinary coming-of-age story that is wowing audiences on the festival circuit – and producer/director Taryne Laffar.

Celebrating First Nations stories and talent from across Australia, New Zealand and the PacificCinefestOZ Broome will showcase three uniquely different feature films by First Nations talent – Loveland, We Are Still Here and Sweet As – and include a short film program, In Conversation dining events as well as free community, industry and schools programs.

Program highlights include:

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November 

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November 

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Ambassador Profile: Mark Coles Smith

A proud Nyikina man with a gift for storytelling, Mark grew up on the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River) and began working at a young age as an actor in Broome. In the time since he has gone on to forge an incredible career in film, television, music and stage. With numerous awards and nominations under his belt and an incredible body of work already behind him, Mark has continued to grow and challenge himself as an artist and creative, earning industry attention as the wild card from the west, most recently with his breakout performance as the young Jay Swan in the critically acclaimed ABC series Mystery Road: Origin.

CinefestOZ Broome is proudly supported by Arts Impact, Lotterywest, Shire of Broome,  Screenwest & Lotterywest and Screen Australia. 

CinefestOZ Broome and Goolarri Media respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, the Yawuru people. We recognise their continued connection to country of this beautiful place and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. We show our respect to the Elders and Ancestors of the First Nations people that are a part of our Festival and celebrate the traditional and contemporary storytelling of the oldest living culture.

About CinefestOZ Film Festival:
CinefestOZ in the South West region of Western Australia was established in 200 and is a celebration of Australian filmmaking that includes premieres and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries each August. The festival offers alucrative film prize of $100,000 – the largest for an Australian film in the country – and has cultivated a reputation as both an industry event and film festival destination. In recent years the event has grown to include CinefestOZ Albany, which returns for its third year this coming April and new event CinefestOZ Broome, which is being held for the first time this November 3-6 2022 in Broome in the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia. 

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