Winton a coup for festival
This year’s Ningalens Film Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.
On Saturday from 2pm at Exmouth Yacht Club, there will be a screening of all the movies entered in the Ningalens Film Competition, and awarding of the winners, as well as live music, performers, comedy, food vans and craft beer on tap.
The Ningalens Film Competition aims to help aspiring filmmakers while showcasing the world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and coastline.
Renowned WA author Tim Winton will be joining the festivities as special guest judge of the film competition.
Ningalens director Pete Firth said he asked Winton to judge the contest during a chance meeting.
“I knew his partner, then I saw Tim out in the surf and asked him and he said he’d be interested, so that’s a real win for the film comp and festival,” he said.
“It’s going to be awesome to have such a master storyteller come along.”
Entrants were required to piece together a three to five-minute short film on any topic provided the footage was shot in the Exmouth region.
The films will be judged on their narrative and quality of sound, editing and visuals.
Other judges include film producer Ken Young, documentary maker and marine mammologist John Totterdell, Ningaloo Coast world heritage manager Heather Barnes, and Exmouth councillor and art enthusiast Suzanne McHutchinson.
Mr Firth said most entrants were Exmouth locals of all ages and skill levels.
“We’ve got kids to seniors, we’ve also got amateurs to more professionals, people (who are) marine wildlife videographers,” he said.
“There’s no topic or genre for the majority of the prizes required, so it’s really leaving it open and seeing what people can do.”
Winners of the competition will take home a share in $6000.
There will be cash prizes for first to fourth place, as well as winners in two extra categories — under 16 years old incentiviser and wonder of the world heritage, which will be awarded to the film that best showcases the Ningaloo Coast.
Punters will be able to enjoy an array of local and national performers, activities and entertainers.
Mr Firth said there was a top-quality line-up of musicians.
“The festival really tries to help locals, but also bring in other acts to give entertainment to a region (that doesn’t) usually get stuff,” he said.
Headliners Barefeet Sojourns are a gypsy reggae ska band based in Fremantle.
Other music acts include blues and roots musician James Abberley and award-winning DJ Charlie Bucket, as well as Michael “Trickey” Triscari, Millar and Tom and Fiona Cross.
There will be performances by Ricochet Circus, Rock‘n’Roll Burlesque, comedian Squirly and circus workshops by the Stardust Dancers.
Local artists Elk and Sadie James will be painting and sketching live.
There will also be a bouncy castle, a bar, and food vans.
Free shuttle buses from Exmouth will be available from noon.
Tickets are $40 from the Exmouth Visitor Centre, at the gate or from festival.ninglens.com.
Author Tim Winton will be special guest judge at this year’s Ningalens Film Competition.