'Namatan' is back for 2017

Participants of 2015 Namatan film festival (photo: Australian High Commission)

By Anita Roberts

Vanuatu’s Namatan short film festival is back for 2017.

Producers and actors are advised to get filming as sponsors are offering attractive prizes this year. A phantom 3 drone, a Samsung S7, a Samsung J5, a tablet (Alcatel Pixi 4 7 inch) and a phone (Alcatel Pixi 4 4 inch) are some prizes on offer.

The Australian High Commission and Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Cooperation (VBTC) launched Namatan short film festival in 2012 with aim to give Ni-Vanuatu people a chance to express ideas and creativity through film.

Each year, the event continues to grow bigger attracting a wider audience and more participants eager to share messages through stories.

Namatan short film is open to all residents of all age and skill level. According to a statement from the Australian High Commission to announce this year’s event, participants are required to produce a short film of one to seven minutes containing Namatan’s 2017 unique item, ‘the Naio’.

Participants will submit their film to the Australian High Commission by April 19. Entry is free.

All terms and conditions of entry are available on the Australian High Commission website: http://vanuatu.embassy.gov.au

Finalist films will be screened in communities and schools on Efate, Tanna, Malekula and Santo.

‘Ae blong yu, lukluk blong mi’ is the slogan of the short film festival.

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