Colourfest is a multicultural film festival, shown in Australia that highlights migrant and diasporic stories. On Thursday the 21st at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and at the South Perth Fiesta free films will be shown. In tandem with Harmony Day, Colourfest aims to showcase ethnically diverse Australian stories.
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The film festival was initially conceived in 2010 by Gary Paramanathan as a response to the lack of variety and diversity of cultures on our screens. Colourfest's aim is to break down stereotypes and negative representations that predominantly litter our viewing landscape. 'Colourfest challenges such negative portrayals by showcasing a more authentic and inclusive image of Australians as a nation of diverse faces'.
This year Colurfest has expanded to included Perth and Mandurah. The original film night held in 2010 featured 10 short films shown to a sold out crowd in Marickville. This year, international entries have been welcomed and the film night (which has become a national film event) incorporates Harmony Day which is a celebration and reflection of cultural diversity in Australia. Harmony Day aims to bring together Australians by sharing stories that incorporate the plethora of experiences that make up Australia.
As part of the Colourfest and Harmony Day celebrations in 2013 Colourfest is offering a selection of short films which are available to schools, councils and community organisations as a resource for those who wish to screen these handpicked films. These films 'focus on social inclusion and identity, and are designed for pubic screening'. The film come in DVD as well as digital format and come with discussion questions for use in the classroom. If you are interested in the Harmony Day 2013 DVD resource please email Colourfest at firstname.lastname@example.org
From it's humble beginnings in 2010 in Marickville the 2013 Colourfest is now screening in over 50 venues around Australia. Well worth a look and it's totally free!