Namatan short film festival is on again for its fifth year. The Festival was first launched in 2012 as a collaboration between the Australian High Commission and Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC). The festival’s aim is to provide local filmmakers with an opportunity to express their ideas and their creativity through film. Namatan has grown from strength to strength with more people participating each year and the quality and creativity of films improving as the filmmakers develop their skills. Open to Vanuatu citizens of all ages and skill levels, participants are asked to produce a short film of one to seven minutes. Free film training programs are also provided giving everyone a chance to participate in Namatan. Each film has to insert a unique item to ensure the originality of the production.
Last year, Namatan was screened to over 3000 people in more than 22 communities and schools across Vanuatu. 2015 was a year of stiff competition with many fantastic entries that spanned all genres. The winning film was “The Gangsters” by Willie Nampi, a martial arts flick. Francis Wai’s Abelina, about a young girl stalked for her special powers, won Second Prize. Rodney Philemon’s touching film Little Prayers, about a young girl’s prayers for her family and friends after Tropical Cyclone Pam, won Third Prize. Young actor Christopher Sakari took home the Best Actor Award for his role in Trust His Will.
This year great prizes are on offer again. The film screening will take place in May in different islands around Vanuatu. For more information and screening dates go to www.facebook.com/AustralianHighCommissionVanuatu or check www.vanuatu.highcommission.gov.au/pvla/events.html.
Watch last year’s films on Island Life website www.islandlifemag.com