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Broome to host its first short film festival

[May 2015]

Broome is to have its first home grown, short film festival this year, thanks to the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG).

Funded by Rangelands NRM and Inspiring Australia, the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest will be held on 3 September 2015 at Sun Pictures, Broome, as part of the Shinju Matsuri (Pearl Festival).

The beautiful coastal waters of Roebuck Bay are recognised as a marine wonderland, with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and Broome’s Roebuck Bay Working Group decided it was time for the many stories of the area to be told through short films.

RBWG Project Manager Kandy Curran said they are inviting filmmakers of any level to submit a short film that has a focus on Roebuck Bay’s natural or heritage values.

“The films, which can be up to five minutes long including credits, will be judged prior to the event, and if shortlisted, will be screened on the night,” she said.

Constructed at the turn of the century by the Yamsaki family, Sun Pictures is the perfect venue for the premier, with the historic theatre imbued with stories about the old pearling town and of course, Roebuck Bay.

The RWBG are encouraging people with any level of experience to make a short film, with the six categories, Primary School, Secondary School, Professional Filmmaker, Recreational Filmmaker, Science and Animation.

Entrants, whose short film is chosen by the judges as the best in their category, will receive a generous prize to encourage their filmmaking skills.

To help people make a short film there will be two free filmmaking workshops at Lotteries House. On 20 May, 6-8pm, filmmaker Shayne Thomson will show people how to make a short film. Then on 15 June, he will show people how to edit them. Alex Smee at ABC Open is also offering basic video skills at these workshops.

The deadline for the short film entries is 31 July 2015.

For more information, visit the Roebuck Bay Working Group website or download the poster.