Namatan Short Film Festival 2015 launched

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Slone-FredThe Namatan Short Film Festival 2015, a festival created for the ni-Vanuatu to express their ideas and their creativity through film, was launched today, 12 February. Co-founded by the Australian High Commission and Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) in 2012, Namatan is now in its fourth year. In 2014, the finalists’ films were shown to over 3,000 people in communities around the country and screened on national television. “Each year, it’s exciting to see the passion and creativity of the filmmakers, and the enjoyment communities get from watching films made by ni-Vanuatu, with ni-Vanuatu actors and sometimes even in local language,” said Simon Flores, the Australian Deputy High Commissioner at the launch. This year promises to be bigger and better.  With the support of Namatan’s sponsor Air Vanuatu, the films will be shown in four Vanuatu Islands: Efate, Santo, Tanna and Malekula.  In addition, there are also some exciting prizes for the winning films offered by Air Vanuatu, VBTC and Wan Smolbag Theatre. The festival promotes a unique item each year.  This year, each film must contain two spinning coins reflecting the game of two-up, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ANZACs’ landing at Gallipoli during World War One. The spinning coins also symbolise ‘choice’ – that everyone has to make choices about their own path in life. Read more.


Source: PACMAS