Yarnin Films Screened at Shepparton Emerging Voices Festival

Shepparton’s ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival screens Yarnin films

Lenny Clarke
Uncle Lenny Clarke

Open Channel and YARNIN Pictures were proud to be part of SheppARTon ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival on March 10th 2013 – a perfect platform for the Shepparton launch of the indigenous ‘YARNIN’ web series.

Yarnin is a mobile training program travelling throughout Victoria working with local Aboriginal communities to record their history of Land Rights from an insider’s perspective. The program records detailed interviews from which short documentaries are produced and screened online, and on other platforms.

Yarnin was conceived by Bobby Nicholls, Rebecca McLean and John Harding and is produced in conjunction with Victorian screen organisation Open Channel.

Supported by Film Victoria, the Australian Government Office of the Arts, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the aim of Yarnin is to record audio-visual history whilst training a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers and journalists. This is the first time Aboriginal Land Rights in Victoria has been fully explored in a concise and detailed media project.

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of the Yarnin Project – a significant film project which serves to both preserve our important Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations, and also to train the next generation of Aboriginal filmmakers here in Victoria.”

Yarnin program facilitators Rebecca McLean, Bobby Nicholls, and Johnny Harding, along with the young filmmakers, launched the Yarnin’ website in Shepparton on Sunday March 10 along with Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie.

The Yarnin films won prizes for Best Local Film and Best Festival Theme in the Shepparton Shorts Film Festival.

Festival info: www.sheppARTonfestival.org.au