Remote Indigenous Media Awards 2017

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Our annual Remote Indigenous Media Awards celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media and broadcasting in Australia. They acknowledge the accomplishments of remote media workers and organisations, and encourage development and innovation.

The Remote Indigenous Media Awards and will be presented at the 19th Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju (Wingellina) 25-30 September.

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Nixon on 08 8952 6465 or email asstmgr@irca.net.au

Nominations closed

Remote Indigenous Media Awards

Major Awards

John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year Award
The John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year Award was inaugurated by CAAMA in 2011, in memory of John Macumba, one of the pioneers of Indigenous media in Australia, who passed away in 2010.

As a radio broadcaster in Alice Springs in the late 1970s, he was one of the first Aboriginal voices on the public airwaves. He was the prime mover behind the establishment of CAAMA in 1981-82, and then as a consultant under contract to the ABC, he went on to set up Umeewarra Media in Port Augusta in 1989.

John was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Remote Broadcasting in 1982 and a consultant to the Dix Committee's Review of Public Broadcasting in the same year. He was the Founding Chairman of the National Aboriginal and Islander Broadcasting Association (NAIBA), which was the forerunner to the National Indigenous Media Association of Australia.

Steve McGregor Award for Best Emerging Talent in Film/Television
The Steve McGregor Award for Best Emerging Talent in Film/Television was inaugurated by TEABBA at the 2009 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

Steven McGregor has worked in the film industry since his late teens. He started out as a Production Assistant in the NT Chief Minister’s Media Unit. He then moved to Alice Springs, where he was a cameraman for Imparja Television, and trained with CAAMA in writing and directing. He then successfully completed his Masters in Drama Directing with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney.

Since the mid-90s Steven has written, directed and produced many award winning documentaries and short stories. Steven has provided major support as Director mentor with first time remote Indigenous filmmakers and has provided support for TEABBA staff and its remote membership network.

CBF Excellence in Community Television Award
CBF inaugurated this Perpetual Award at the 2014 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in the North Peninsula Area of Queensland. This Award acknowledges excellence in community television production and is open to individuals. The winner will receive a trophy and a $5000 prize to support career development or production costs.  They will also have their name engraved on a Perpetual Award Plaque held at IRCA.

Mr Garawirrtja Award for Contribution to Media, Entertainment and the Arts
Mr Garawirrtja was a founding member of TEABBA, contributing 20 years of dedicated service to TEABBA and the Indigenous Multimedia Industry both remotely and nationally. His involvement in this industry has been nationally recognised for his contributions to dance, music and media by being one of Australia’s best BRACS/RIBS Broadcasters. Participating in many local and national Indigenous incentives, Australian Olympics Indigenous Broadcast, Garma Festival, Barunga Festival and as well as the NT Indigenous Music Awards (now National Indigenous Music Awards). He promoted and participated with bands from the Galiwinku Community, Elcho Island and East Arnhem Land. Mr Garawirrtja has worldwide recognition and is respected as a role model and leader for his enthusiastic and passionate work in the Indigenous multimedia industry, known through his film contributions to the Yarning up Series, and for introducing the popular Chooky Dancers. The winner of this award is selected by TEABBA.

NITV Spirit Initiative
The winner of the NITV Spirit initiative is selected by NITV and invovles a practical work placement with the NITV team. It is offered for an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person that is working within the film and television industry from remote or regional areas in Australia. The selected candidate will travel to Sydney for a 3 week practical placement with NITV within the SBS building in Sydney and be mentored by NITV staff in different areas of TV broadcasting. They will also be supported to:

  • Produce an Our Stories (1 x 15 minute) documentary in language (to the value of $12,000)
  • Produce a news story from their local community
  • Attend the Australian International Documentary Conference. 

Media Industry Awards

Best Song Award
This Award is open to a remote community individual artist or band across all music genres. It recognises the musicianship, originality of lyrics and style, and how the song engages the audience.

Best Music Video Award
This Award is open to a video maker across all music genres. The music video must have been completed in the last 12 months.

Best Outside Broadcast Award
This Award is open to organisations to apply based on an outside broadcast in the last 12 months. It recognises the importance of outside broadcasts as a means of engaging with the community and featuring special events or community activities. Samples of the broadcast are required to demonstrate community participation and effectiveness of event or activity coverage.

Best Station Promotion Award
This Award is open to organisations to apply. It recognises the originality, production values and effectiveness of a short promotion, station ID, sponsorship campaign or community service announcement.

Best Radio Production Award
This Award is open to an individual or organisation. It recognises the research, story development, interview techniques and post production that go in to making effective radio content. The radio production must have been completed in the last 12 months.

Best Video Production Award
This Award recognises the research, story development, interview techniques and post production that go in to making  engaging video content. The video production must have been completed in the last 12 months.

Remote Media Organisation Awards

  • Best Emerging Radio Talent
  • Best RIBS Operator Award

Submit your nominations now for the Remote Indigenous Media Awards. You must be an IRCA member to nominate. Not an IRCA member yet? Apply now and become part of the powerful and connected voice of our media industry.

Questions?
Contact Jennifer Nixon on 08 8952 6465 or email asstmgr@irca.net.au