Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall on Tuesday announced a grant of $4,000 for Gwydir Shire Council to conduct this year’s North West Film Festival. The funding has been made available through the NSW Government’s Screen NSW Audience Development Fund.
Mr Marshall said the competition was open to emerging filmmakers, students, young people and community members from isolated rural communities across the New England North West region.
“The North West Film Festival is a terrific opportunity for our young people to showcase their work, assess the work of their peers, and collaborate with industry professionals,” he said.
“The funds will be used to produce a show reel of winning films which will then be screened at the awards night this Friday.
“It also allows the organisers to invite industry professionals to conduct workshops over the two days of the festival.”
Sixty entries have been submitted to the competition and more than 250 school and TAFE students are expected to attend the workshops over the two days.
“The North West Film Festival is getting bigger and better every year and I wish the organisers and the our talented filmmakers all the best for another successful festival this week,” Mr Marshall said.
“I’m looking forward to joining with the community on Friday night for another enjoyable celebration.”
The film festival will take place over two days on September 11-12 at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara.
All members of the community are invited to attend the awards night on Friday night (12 September) at 6pm as well as participate in the many workshops and movie screening taking place on the Saturday (13 September).
Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said 26 events across the State would benefit from NSW Government funding totalling $567,700 to help grow the State’s screen sector from the budding filmmaker’s initial idea to the closing applause and wished the North West Film Festival well for its 11th year.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is working to build audiences by supporting festivals that make film more accessible to people across NSW, including regional areas and I encourage the community to get behind this festival,” Mr Grant said.