Namatan Short Film Festival,
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.