The Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle hosted an Indigenous Short Film Festival at Event Cinemas in King Street, Newcastle on 31 October 2013 with two of the films featuring local Aboriginal talent. This event was part of The Wollotuka Institute’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
An audience of 150 were presented with six Indigenous short films. Tracey Rigney’s film Abalone was showcased on the night. This film, featuring local Aboriginal actor Rodney Smith, was also named best short film at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Romaine Moreton’s film The Oysterman was also shown on the night, as well as at the Toronto festival and featured local Aboriginal man, Raymond Kelly. Dr Moreton was a previous research fellow with The Wollotuka Institute and Raymond Kelly is currently completing his PhD with Wollotuka.
Other films shown on the night which were showcased at the Toronto festival were Margaret Harvey’s The Hunter and Jon Bell’s The Chuck In. Kimberley West’s In the Air and Tiffany Parker’s Scar were also shown at the Wollotuka event.