20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival
Festival delegates celebrate 'Floral Friday' on the last day of the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival
Traditional Owners from the Kaurareg nation welcomed over 150 delegates from the First Nations media industry to Waiben (Thursday Island) this week for the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Running from 22nd to 27th September, 2019 the 20th celebration of remote Indigenous media was the biggest yet with delegates travelling from every state, including some of the most remote communities in Australia.
The event was co-hosted by the Torres Strait Islander Media Association (TSIMA Radio 4MW) and First Nations Media Australia, the national peak body for the First Nations media sector.
Delegates  from 34 organisations participated in a packed week of skills workshops, forums and discussions, nightly cinema screenings, awards, cultural activities and a showcase of local contemporary music and arts.

Throughout the week representatives participated in six skills development workshops to expand their media skill-set in areas of podcasting, news production, digital storytelling, digitisation of archives, cinematography and producing music for film. The work produced within the skills workshops was incredible and will be shared on the First Nations Media Australia website soon after the festival.

Reflecting on the cinematography workshop, Mark Pindan from Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) said, “I’m a cameraman, but with the iPad it’s easier. Everything is really simple. And I learned new skills and made new friends, thank-you.”

“I wanted to do this workshop because I don’t know anything about digital media," reflected Jen Enosa from TSIMA, "It was a really good learning experience for me. What I learned made me understand about the powerful tools that we have here, not just for our communities, but reaching out to the world to tell our stories our way. I think the learning continues after this.”

Jen Enosa, TSIMA (below)          Mark Pindan, PAKAM (above)
While the focus of the Remote Indigenous Media Festival was learning and sharing,
there were plenty of opportunities for networking and developing partnership relationships between media organisations. Remote media workers and support teams shared information about training and industry development activities, connecting with audiences through new technology, storytelling in a digital age and sharing a preserving community collections, a particularly urgent issue of focus for media practitioners. Delegates engaged directly to ask questions of Representatives from the National Indigenous Australians Agency, the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks), Bureau of Meteorology, AIATSIS, training organisations, screen agencies, funding bodies and community media supporters. Throughout the festival delegates contributed to the policy agenda of the First Nations media industry and heard updates on the progress of their national peak body, First Nations Media Australia.   

The 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival also celebrated the achievements of the industry, recognising significant contributions and emerging talent through the Remote Indigenous Media Awards. First Nations Media Australia congratulates all 2019 award winners.
Jen Enosa, TSIMA
Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Russell Dann, PAKAM
John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year

Josef Jakamarra Eggers, CAAMA
Steven McGregor Award for Best Emerging Talent

Sylvia Tabua, TSIMA
Mr Garawirrtja Award for Contribution to Media, Entertainment and the Arts
Vincent Skeen, 6PRK

Jonathan Doolan, CAAMA

Michael Rixon, NG Media

Jason Cullinana, PY Media

Harry Lui, TSIMA
Dennis Juppurlurla Charles, PAW Media

Delma McCartney, TEABBA

Marion Cheedy, Ngaarda Media

Russell Dann, PAKAM

Sylvia Nulpinditj, ARDS
Damien Williams, CAAMA

Angus Pearson, PY Media

Helan Foster, PAW Media
Ricky Gurruwiwi, TEABBA

Corinna Sebastian, PAKAM

Delegates joined with the Thursday Island community to enjoy evening cinema screenings, dance performances, beading, weaving and screenprinting workshops to learn local arts and crafts techniques. A fantastic closing night concert produced by TSIMA showcased the History of the Torres Strait in Song featuring performances from Joe Geia, Rochelle Pitt, Nightshift, Jessie Lloyd, Northern Exposure, Eddie Peters and more. The event was broadcast live on ICTV, on radio across the Torres Strait and central desert regions and streamed on Facebook live.  

First Nations Media Australia would like to thank the Kaurareg nation, the Thursday Island community and our co-hosts TSIMA for being so warm and welcoming, joining with us to celebrate, learn and share throughout the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

A full communique outlining the outcomes of stakeholder meetings, forums and content produced in workshops will follow in the coming weeks. In the interim, highlights from the event can be viewed on Facebook, Twitter and indigiTUBE.

Above: Cinematography workshop participants (top right), Duane Foster, NG Media presenting (top right), Festival documentary team (bottom left), Mikayla Friday-Shaw, First Nations Media Australia presenting (bottom right).
Below: Best Broadcaster and Emerging Talent award winners 2019.
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