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Western Australia’s First Nations Film Festival Program revealed

Western Australia's First Nations Film Festival Program revealed 1

CinefestOZ Broome – Western Australia’s First Nations Film Festival and the first of its kind in the State – today announced the release of our inaugural program, which will run from November 3-6 in partnership with Broome-based media organisation Goolarri Media.

Celebrating First Nations stories and talent from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, CinefestOZ Broome will showcase new releases LovelandWe Are Still Here and Sweet As at Sun Pictures – the world’s oldest outdoor picture theatre – and include a short film program along with red carpet and In Conversation dining events. There will also be free industry, school and community workshops and screenings.

“The CinefestOZ team together with Goolarri Media, the local film industry and community have created a unique program that is dedicated to sharing and developing First Nations stories and talent,” said our Chair Margaret Buswell.

“We’re thrilled that Broome (Rubibi in the local Yawuru language) – in the stunning Kimberley region of Western Australia – is the hub for our First Nation’s Film Festival.

“The town is not only rich with Indigenous creative talent and cultural history – it also has a flourishing film scene that has produced screen successes such as Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards and Mystery Road 2.”

Goolarri Media CEO and Indigenous film producer Jodie Bell said that “the Festival will help to raise the local, national and international profile of Indigenous creatives and stories, as well as Broome’s filmmaking landscape.”

“Festival goers will be able to enjoy new First Nations films that are yet to be released theatrically under the stars at Sun Pictures,  meet and talk with filmmakers and talent such as Jub Clerc – Writer and Director of Sweet As – while enjoying local Broome produce and hospitality.

Program highlights

Thursday 3 November

●  Welcome to Country: A special welcome by Yawuru Elders to the visiting First nations film-makers, festival guests, passholders and community.

●  Opening Night: Feature Film Screening- Loveland

Friday 4 November

●  Free Community Day

●  Industry Program Session

●  Did’jun First Nation Short film set

●  Feature Film Screening – We Are Still Here

Saturday 5 November

●  Free Community Day

  Filmmakers In Conversation Lunch: Wild Flower Broome

●  Party under the Stars – Feature Film Screening Sweet As

Sunday 6 November

●  Community Screenings: Our Law & Did’jun First Nation Shorts retro

●  Filmmakers In- Conversation Lunch: Writer & Director Jub Clerc- Sweet As

Tickets are available on our website:

Download the official CinefestOZ app to search session times, book tickets and build your calendar ofevents during the festival.

CinefestOZ Broome 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 is a celebration of Australian filmmaking that includes premieres and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries. The festival offers a lucrative 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. The event has since grown with CinefestOZ Albany returning for its second year this April. The most recent addition is CinefestOZ Broome to be held November 3-6.

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