Class prepares film makers for contest

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Students joined in a CinefestOz masterclass this week.
Camera IconStudents joined in a CinefestOz masterclass this week. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Aboriginal producer Jodie Bell and co-presenter Vincent Carter presented a masterclass for South West students in Busselton this week to help prepare them for the CinefestOZ 2019 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

The Cinesnaps contest is open to budding filmmakers aged 15-18 from Bunbury to Augusta and invites teams of up to six people to produce a three to five-minute short film based on the theme The Watch.

Entries close on June 28.

Leading the masterclass was Bell, an experienced producer who has been with Goolarri Media since 2008, and has produced several short films, including the award-winning Naji and Marrimarrigun, as well as feature-length films and documentaries.

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She was also co-producer of Putuparri and the Rainmakers, which won the $100,000 Film Prize at CinefestOZ in 2015.

Carter, who is also employed by Goolarri Media as a cameraman and worked on the award-winning TV series Mystery Road in 2017, co-presented. Supported by Community Partner Rio Tinto, Cinesnaps has engaged more than 25,000 students since its inception in 2008.

Rio Tinto Greater Hope Downs operations manager Gaby Poirer said the Cinesnaps school program created “incredible opportunities for young people across the South West”.

“The program really empowers the students to then go out and use their skills, creating some fantastic films,” he said.

Further information can be found at cinefestoz.com.

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