13th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival 2011

This year the 13th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival is being held at UMAWA, on the PY Lands of Northern SA. The National Remote Indigenous Media Festival is held annually in a different region each year and brings together remote community broadcasters from up to 120 communities across Australia. It aims to showcase and celebrate the video, radio and multi-media productions made through the year, as well as discuss key issues for the remote media and communications Industry.

The Festival is a key part in the development of professional media practitioners and to strengthen the media Industry in remote communities. It creates opportunities for new trainees from all regions to network and share their experience, skills and inspiration.

The festival will include a nightly video screenings, digital media and radio skills workshops, industry forums, Annual General Meetings for IRCA (Indigenous Remote Communications Association) and ICTV (Indigenous Community Television), band performances, and bush trips to local sites with traditional owners. There will be a regional radio broadcast from the Festival throughout the week (on 5NPY network and re-broadcast by other Indigenous networks) and coverage by the National Indigenous Radio Service. A video documentary (to be broadcast over ICTV and uploaded to www.indigitube.com.au) We also anticipate national news bulletins from the Festival via NITV and an ABC presence (last year they filmed an episode of Message Stick at the Festival which was held on Thursday Island).

This year’s Festival will also feature a celebration of the history of remote video production and broadcasting in the APY Lands beginning with Ernabella Video and TV in 1983 (the pioneer of remote television along with Warlpiri Media Association at Yuendumu) and 25 years since the incorporation of PY Media, with speeches and videos describing the history. The significant collection of Anangu-produced recordings from EVTV and PY Media have helped to maintain the strength of culture and language in the region and inspired similar work in other regions across Australia. There will be a memorial to one of the key figures of this work, Mr Tjiyangu (McKenzie) who passed away in 2010.

Following three nights of screenings of videos that showcase their productions, there will be an Awards presentation to celebrate their achievements and recognize the important contribution that remote producers make to the Indigenous Media Industry. The Festival will end with a performance of local Inma (dance), showcase screening and performances by bands from the region.