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4 August 2003

Filmmakers from Canada, New Zealand and Australia will examine indigenous filmmaking portrayal and practices during a live video link at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday.

The forum is being held by the ACT Filmmakers' Network, with Australian panellists including award-winning filmmakers Pauline Claugue and Tanya Denning from the ABC's Indigenous Production Unit, Erica Glynn from the Australian Film Commission and Turnaround director Samantha Saunders.

Also joining the panel in Canberra is solicitor Terri Janke, who is developing an Australian Film Commission paper on indigenous cultural content in films.

WHAT: Indigenous Filmmaking Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, 6 August, 8.30-10.30am

NOTE: Australian panellists will be available for interview at 10.30am.

WHERE: SAS Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, ACT.

International panellists include New Zealand filmmaker Tainui Stephens, who has 20 years experience producing features for Maori audiences; and Telefilm Canada investment analyst Peter Strutt, who will talk about funding for Aboriginal language productions.

The forum will be videoconferenced between panels at the National Museum in Canberra, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Relations in Ottawa and the Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

Members of the public are invited to the free forum, with bookings on 02 6208 5021.

For more information please contact Leanda Coleman on 02 6208 5338, 0438 620 710 or

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