17 December 2015

Salty Lake Film Fest – Our Home, Your Story

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson and Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, today launched the Salty Lake Film Fest at the Cotton On Group’s headquarters in North Geelong.

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce the Salty Lake Film Fest in partnership with the Cotton On Group as the major sponsor. The Salty Lake Film Fest is a young filmmaker’s competition which seeks to celebrate the creativity of young Australians as well as showcase our region. It is underpinned by the message – Our home, your story,” Ms Henderson said.

“The Cotton On Group will provide a total of $10,000 in prize money including $3,000 for the major prize. This is a very significant investment in giving young people across our region a voice,” Ms Henderson said.

Corangamite is the aboriginal word for salty lake.  While this competition is linked to Corangamite, it is open to all residents – aged from primary school to 35 years – across the region (Greater Geelong, Queenscliff, Surf Coast, Colac Otway and Golden Plains LGAs).

Cotton On Group Chief Financial Officer Michael Hardwick said the business is thrilled to be involved with the inaugural Salty Lakes Film Fest and excited to further support young, local talent in its hometown of Geelong.

“Our business thrives on energy and creativity – we’re all about coming up with big ideas and having the confidence to give them a go. Our talented team of young, creative minds are the driving force behind our global expansion and, as we have grown into 17 countries and reached almost 1400 stores, it’s their enthusiasm and passion that has helped our business to pursue new and exciting frontiers.”

“The Salty Lake Film Fest reflects this spirit of adventure and creativity. We hope it inspires the next generation of story tellers from across our region to seize the opportunity to showcase their creative talent.”

Ms Henderson said the Salty Lake Film Fest will give young film makers the opportunity to make a positive film about our region.

“This initiative arose after I spoke out about the negative images in the film Tale of Sleepy Hollow. Showcasing our region with zombies and other dismal images was, I considered, the wrong way to go.”

“With the Government’s focus on innovation and the digital economy, the Salty Lake Film Fest is a wonderful way to celebrate our region and harness the ideas and ingenuity of young Australians.”

“The film, between two and five minutes duration, may be fiction or non-fiction, scripted or unscripted, conventional or off beat.

The competition will be divided into eight categories as follows:

Primary Years P-3                  1st-$250 2nd-$100 3rd-$50 School-$600

Primary Years 4-6                  1st-$250 2nd-$100 3rd-$50 School-$600

Secondary Years 7-10            1st-$500 2nd-$200 3rd-$100 School-$700

Secondary Years 11-12          1st-$500 2nd-$200 3rd-$100 School-$700

Open: Best Fiction:                 1st-$600 2nd-$300 3rd-$100

Open: Best non-fiction:           1st-$600 2nd-$300 3rd-$100

People’s Choice:                     $1,000

Overall winner:                        $3,000

Entries are now open. For more information please visit www.saltylakefilmfest.com.au.

17 December 2015

Post Script: The closing date for entries to the Salty Lake Film Fest has been extended through to the end of the year. This will enable participants more time to plan and produce their films and participate in this significant community event. Stay tuned for further updates.