Local film fanatics will be on the edge of their seats with CinefestOZ announcing the famous festival is headed to Broome later this year. CinefestOZ and Broome Indigenous media organisation Goolarri Media will deliver the festival thanks to a $100,000 grant which they received from Arts Impact WA at their inaugural grants event. CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon said CinefestOZ is excited to bring the festival to Broome. “CinefestOZ and Goolarri Media have a sound working relationship developing IndigifestOZ as part of the the South West festival and are looking forward to expanding this to Broome,” she said. From the uplifting musical Bran Nue Dae to the earnest drama Mad Bastards, Broome and the Kimberley have a rich film history, with many successful films being shot all over the region. Among them are major productions like Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and Catriona McKenzie’s Satellite Boy along with documentaries such as National Geographic’s Birthplace of the Giants that showcase the Kimberley’s unique landscape and wildlife. Goolarri Media CEO Jodie Bell said the new Broome CinefestOZ aimed to become a part of the Kimberley’s filmmaking tradition. “CinefestOZ Broome presents such an exciting opportunity for Kimberley people,” she said. Apart from film screenings and industry events, the festival will also offer IndigifestOZ, an Indigenous-focused film program encouraging Indigenous filmmakers to enter. The Broome iteration of the festival also aims to become Australia’s premier Indigenous-focused film festival, honouring First Nations filmmakers and showcasing Broome as the filmmaking hub of the Kimberley. “The festival will bring Indigenous filmmakers to the region to present their stories and share their skills with the community, in particular the youth of our community, who we hope will be inspired to become the next generation of Indigenous storytellers and filmmakers,” Ms Bell said. The festival will run from November 3 to November 6.