Na­matan Short Film Fes­ti­val,

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May 2015, Van­u­atu.

Na­matan short film fes­ti­val is on again for its 4th 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. Open to Van­u­atu cit­i­zens of all ages and skill lev­els, par­tic­i­pants are asked to pro­duce a short film of one to seven min­utes. This year the fes­ti­val was launched in Fe­bru­ary and each film must con­tain the 2015 ‘unique item’ of two spin­ning coins, re­flect­ing the game of two-up. Free film train­ing pro­grams were held in Port Vila and Lu­ganville dur­ing March with pro­fes­sional in­dige­nousAus­tralian film­mak­ers as­sist­ing VBTC and Wan Smol­bag Theatre de­liver the train­ing in Port Vila. Last year, Na­matan was screened to over 3000 peo­ple in more than 16 com­mu­ni­ties and schools across Van­u­atu. The win­ning film was “True Colours’ by Rose­lyn Tari, a mov­ing drama about a young girl bring­ing her fam­ily back to­gether af­ter a strug­gle with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Thanks to the sup­port pro­vided by fes­ti­val spon­sor Air Van­u­atu, Rose­lyn re­ceived a handy­cam, tri­pod and a one-month in­tern­ship with Tele­vi­sion Blong Van­u­atu. This year, Air Van­u­atu has again come on board of­fer­ing some great prizes. The film screen­ing will take place from Mon­day 11th to Thurs­day 28th May, in the is­lands of Efate, Santo, Tanna and Malekula. The fi­nale and pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes will be on Wed­nes­day 3rd June 2015.

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