Washington State’s young creatives will be donning director’s hats once again as CinefestOZ announces SPACE as the theme of the Cinesnaps 2022 Short Film Competition, accompanied by a first-ever cash prize of $ 1,000.
Taking place in two categories (Grades 7-9 and 10-12) for the second year in a row, the competing students will make history as the new award marks the 10th anniversary of the highly acclaimed competition.
Aimed at highlighting the film festival’s commitment to student cinema across Washington state, the cash prize will be presented to the winning team in the 10-12 category.
CinefestOZ Executive Director Malinda Nixon said the substantial price was an indication of the program’s growth over the years.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer $ 1,000 to the winning team of our popular student short film competition, which has been a huge generator of school engagement and participation with CinefestOZ,” she said.
“Watching our young regional students get into filmmaking with Cinesnaps, then use their learning to pursue a career in Australian filmmaking – that’s what it is.”
Each year, the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition invites regional high school students to create and present an original 3 to 5 minute short film around a specific theme.
The competition is part of the Cinesnaps program, a dynamic school program for students and teachers that has engaged more than 32,000 regional students since its launch in 2008.
CineOnline is another aspect of the subscription program and aims to help students considering entering the competition, with a variety of online digital workshops on film disciplines such as directing, sound and editing.
Ms Nixon said the students’ work in the competition had improved dramatically each year and that she was intrigued to see which space-themed films the students came up with for the 10th anniversary.
“We are delighted to be able to celebrate 10 years since the creation of this wonderful competition and look forward to many years to come,” she said.
“The Cinesnaps program would not be possible without the generous funding from Rio Tinto, which recently renewed its valuable partnership until 2023.”
Rio Tinto Regional Communities Director Justin Francesconi said the creativity and technical skills seen each year at Cinesnaps are a testament to the young talents of the WA region and the inspiring mentorship students receive at the school and in the program.
âRio Tinto is proud to sponsor Cinesnaps and welcomes the introduction of a cash prize for the winning film – it is very appropriate given this milestone of this anniversary,â he said.
The 2022 CinefestOZ Film Festival will take place from August 24 to 28.
Those interested in participating in the short film competition can download their registration files online now.
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