Flinders Flicks founders and organisers Sammi Gowthorp & Helen Carnell have demonstrated their commitment to promoting screen culture on Flinders Island for the past 5 years.
As well as producing Flinders Flicks, they volunteer many hours every year within the community facilitating arts events that are not just entertaining but potentially life-changing for our young artists and media-makers within the community.
With a focus on inclusion, artistic expression and community engagement, they’ve identified the importance and need for cultural events such as Flinders Flicks to be held during the winter time. August is one of the quietest months on Flinders Island and a time that can be quite isolating for members of our remote community. The event is wonderful time for the community to get together and celebrate the challenges living on a remote island can bring.
The deep cultural impact on the community is evident by the growing number and quality of local entries submitted to the festival, the 'creative buzz' that creeps throughout the town before and after the event and the positive feedback that is given to the organisers by the filmmakers and attendees about their festival experience.
The vision for the Flinders Flicks is to inspire the community to become "content creators' rather than 'content consumers' and since Flinders Flicks inception, film entries have increased and audience numbers are up to 200 people. Its a great accomplishment for a small remote island with a population of only 800 people. The filmmakers sincerely appreciate the opportunity to showcase their work to family, friends and the wider community in a festival environment, alongside national and international films.