The 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival will be held on Kaurareg land on beautiful Waiben (Thursday Island) in the Torres Strait from 22-27 September 2019. It will be co-hosted by Torres Strait Islander Media Association (TSIMA 4MW), the voice of the Torres Strait.
Approximately 160 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasters, media producers and trainees are expected to attend this event from remote Indigenous media and arts organisations across the country as well as government agencies and industry stakeholders.
During the 5-day event, media practitioners will participate in daily workshops, forums and media activities, and workshops provide hands-on training opportunities in radio journalism and production, video and new media production, digital photography, animation, music and more.
As well as being a week of media skills workshops and industry development, the Festival will include a free nightly Outdoor Cinema (open to the public), the Remote Indigenous Media Awards presentation and a Closing Night Concert showcasing local musical talent, cultural dance and arts from across the Torres Strait. The Remote Indigenous Media Awards celebrate the accomplishments of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media workers and organisations, recognising dedication, creativity, development and innovation in the sector.
The RIMF is a biennial industry event for building the capacity of the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting, media and communications sector and celebrating their achievements. The 2019 Festival will create opportunities for producers, broadcasters, trainees and staff from all regions to network and share their knowledge, develop new skills and recognise achievements. It celebrates the unique value of remote community media for language and cultural maintenance, information sharing, meaningful employment and empowering communities through self-representation. It also provides a forum for the industry to address challenges and set new directions, and for supporters and stakeholders to gain the opportunity to engage with this valuable national network, connected to First Nations communities’ rich and continuing history.