• Women get ready for the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival welcome ceremony (NITV)Source: NITV
This year’s NITV Spirit Award winner revealed and calls for submissions for a fourth series of mini-documentary initiative, Our Stories.
14 Oct 2015 - 4:01 PM  UPDATED 14 Oct 2015 - 4:01 PM
  • $30,000 NITV Spirit Award awarded to Marumpu Wangka! Kukatjua Hand Talk
  • Re-commission of Our Stories documentary initiative

NITV announced its continued commitment to remote Indigenous production during this week’s Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) Media Festival, revealing this year’s NITV Spirit Award winner and calling for submissions for a fourth series of mini-documentary initiative, Our Stories

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Indigenous media organisations headed to Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community, NT, in late 2015 to participate in the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

Announced in the Northern Territory’s Lajamanu community, the $30,000 NITV Spirit Award, offered as a commissioning pre-sale, recognised the work of PAKAM for Marumpu Wangka! Kukatjua Hand Talk and will lead to a 30-minute documentary production to be broadcast nationally on NITV in 2016.

Mary Ellen Mullane, NITV’s Senior Commissioning Editor, said: “We assessed 156 works and were very impressed by the diversity of the films and their subject matter, as well as the ever increasing talent within the remote media production sector.”

Groundbreaking short-documentary initiative, Our Stories, which aims to share the history, culture and language of Indigenous Australia through stories of elders, youth and communities, was also announced for a fourth series. Part of NITV’s Regional, Remote and Emerging Initiative, the series will welcome a further 40 - 50 works for 2016, engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers from across Australia.

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NITV’s landmark series of short documentaries broadcast weeknights from 6.30pm and on weekends at 7:00pm is coming back for 2016.

Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, added: “NITV is proud to support Indigenous storytelling from the remote sector, developing and strengthening the skills of filmmakers to bring stories of our culture, people and languages to all Australians.”

The 2015 Festival was hosted by IRCA, in partnership with PAW Media and Communications and the Lajamanu community, with key partner Indigenous Community Television.

For more information, visit the NITV website and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #NITV.

For further media information and interview requests:
Selina Govan, Senior Communications Specialist, NITV

0406 438 675
selina.govan@sbs.com.au