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Remote Indigenous Media Festival

By Claire Stuchbery

Meeting the stations we fund at conferences and events is one of the highlights of my job as a Grants Administrator.  It’s an opportunity to put faces to names and see firsthand how our funding  makes a difference.  

The Remote Indigenous Media Festival held in Irrunytju (Wingellina), Western Australia brought together broadcasters and stakeholders working in remote media organisations across the country.  The 11-hour bus journey from Alice Springs was a reminder how remote some communities are and how important broadcasting is to create connection and overcome geographical distance.  

This event was a unique opportunity for media organisations to expand their knowledge in the latest media techniques – podcasting, stop-motion animation, digital photography, sound skills and cinematography using drones. IRCA and Remote Indigenous Media Organisations provided industry updates and hosted forums to share ideas about content sharing, screen strategy and archiving.

CBF committee member, Michelle Brown and I provided an update on grant opportunities and Michelle presented Renee Wilson from Mornington Island with the CBF Excellence in Community Television Award.

The weather threw a few curve balls but the IRCA organisers took it in their stride.  The rain didn’t stop a fantastic showcase of films and dancing in the evenings, culminating in a desert reggae performance from the Irrunytju Band on the last night.

Attending this festival was an incredible experience.  My sincerest thanks to the Irrunytju community and all festival goers for making Michelle and I feel so welcome and congratulations to IRCA and NG Media for organising another successful festival.

View photos from the event and the outcomes of the festival workshops. Photo credit IRCA.