Win­ton a coup for fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Ian Munro

Au­thor Tim Win­ton will be spe­cial guest judge at this year’s Nin­galens Film Com­pe­ti­tion.

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