Ntaria (Hermannsburg) from 2-8 October
This year's Festival will be hosted by the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA), in partnership with Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and the community of Ntaria (Hermannsburg).
This annual festival is a major industry event celebrating the achievements and building the capacity of the remote Indigenous media sector. Each year the Festival location alternates between remote desert and coastal communities, including Djarindjin on the Dampier Peninsula of WA (2012), Umuwa SA (2011), Thursday Island in the Torres Strait (2010).
The festival brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media practitioners from across Australia to participate in a packed program of nightly video screenings, daily skills workshops, industry forums, AGMs, the Remote Media Awards presentation, culminating with a concert finale featuring local musicians and cultural performances.
The Festival will be broadcast live throughout the week over the 8KIN CAAMA Network and across other regional radio networks across the country, including PAW, 5NPY, TEABBA, TSIMA and the National indigenous Radio Service. The Festival represents a huge media opportunity, bringing together talent and creating content for remote sector platforms including ICTV, IndigiTUBE, social media and online podcasts. We invite other media - NITV/SBS, ABC, Land Rights News, Koori Mail etc – to attend.
This year, over 200 delegates are expected to attend, primarily from the four Central Australian media organisations – PAW Media, PY Media, Ngaanyatjarra Media and host RIMO CAAMA. We also expect large contingents from Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association, Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media and other RIMOs.
The Festival plays a key development role for the remote Indigenous media sector, creating opportunities for producers, broadcasters, trainees and supporters from all regions to network and share their stories, skills and inspiration. It celebrates the unique value of remote community media for language and cultural maintenance, information sharing, meaningful employment and empowering communities through self-representation. Digital Media Skills workshops will provide hands-on training opportunities in areas such as: radio documentary production, animation, video editing, music development, new media production, and online content production.
The Festival will also hold events open to the Community. An Opening Night Concert will showcase the wealth of music talent in the region. Four nights of screenings curated by ICTV will showcase community video productions from the year, culminating in a Closing Night Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of remote producers and recognise their important contribution to the Indigenous media industry. Closing Night will also feature local cultural performances and screenings.