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Mega Mud and Saltwater Film Fest

The Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest has become a mega cultural event in Broome, with an enthusiastic audience of over 870 enjoying 25 short films made by professional and emerging filmmakers about Roebuck Bay and the Kimberley coast.

The MC for the event Greg Quicke, shone as brightly as he did in ABC’s Stargazing Live this year, making use of the planets and moon to gee up the audience for the Film Fest, which was held under the stars at The Mangrove Hotel in Broome.

Breathtaking filmmaking was on show from the moment the projector lit up, with artist Sobrane Simcock, filmed with time lapse cinematography painting a dancing brolga, which she then silent auctioned for the 2019 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest.

It was then Australian actor Steve Bastoni’s turn to announce on the big screen, “The 2017 ‘Best of Fest’ short film will be shown at the Peninsula Film Fest in Victoria to an audience of over 8,000 people.

The first half of the Film Fest featured short films about the wider Kimberley region under the category, ‘Kimberley Calling’. It was then time to showcase Roebuck Bay, with short film entries in the categories of Drama, Documentary, Animation, Science Short, Music Video and Comedy.

The Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest showcased the 25 short films which were judged by professional filmmakers Paul Bell, Mark Jones and Neil Turner from Broome.

Roebuck Bay Working Group Project Manager, Kandy Curran said “Attracting actor Steve Bastoni to get involved in the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest in 2017, has been a game changer, with the popular Australian actor providing filmmaking and acting workshops with Shayne Thomson for emerging filmmakers, many of whom won awards at the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest on August 5, 2017.

“The winning filmmakers in this year’s Film Fest pushed the bar high, making animations, documentary’s, dramas with local talent and comedies using guerrilla filmmaking techniques.

The ROEBUCK BAY MUD AND SALTwater SHORT FILM FEST is an initiative of the Roebuck Bay Working Group, with funding form Cygnet Bay Pearls, State NRM though Royalties for Regions, Inspiring Australia and Rangelands NRM through the Federal Government’s National Landcare Programme. Prizes and in kind donations came from Astro Tours, Betta Home Living , BK Signs, Broome Bird Observatory, Broome Broome Car Hire, Broome Whale Watching, Diverse Water Sports, Finn Films, Good Cartel, Harvey Norman, National Science Week, Pindan Printing, Retravision, Sobrane Simcock, Sundowner Camel Tours and Zanders. Oh what a night…

by Kandy Curran (Project Manager, Roebuck Bay Working Group)

Top: The 800 strong audience enjoying the 2017 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest at The Mangrove Hotel © Kevin Smith
Left: Greg Quicke from Astro Tours presenting Emilia Lai with ‘Muddy’, the major trophy for the 2017 Film Fest.
Right: Cygnet Bay Pearls is a major sponsor of the 2017 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest.