Experience the ‘reel’ deal at this year’s North West Film Fesitval

September 14, 2009

The North West Film Festival is inviting everybody across the North West to get off their couch and experience the reel deal at The Roxy, Bingara, on Friday September 18 and Saturday September 19.

The North West Film Festival was established in 2004 to provide students and young film makers interested in film, video and multimedia a platform to showcase their work.  The Festival is a celebration of what can be achieved by people who believe in their rural community and its future.

The Festival has received 77 entries this year from Armidale, Bundarra, Inverell, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Tamworth and Warialda.

This year the Festival is delighted to welcome some outstanding special guests who will be conducting workshops and presenting screenings.

Their attendance is an enormous coup which not only affirms the Festival’s growing success but is testimony to the Festival’s significant profile.

Judges and guests for 2009 include filmmakers David Lawrance, Simon Portus, Alison Richardson and Eleanor Winkler.

Eleanor Winkler is the General Manager at Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Western Sydney’s leading youth arts company. Alison Richardson works for NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation, Accessible Arts as the Creative Programs Coordinator for Western Sydney.

Both Alison and Eleanor worked on the short film Be My Brother, Alison as script editor and associate producer and Eleanor as producer. Be My Brother was the winner of Tropfest 2009.

Tropfest, Australia’s most prestigious sort film festival, is the largest in the world.   The competition is taken very seriously and is considered the winner’s ticket to a successful career in film or television. It attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people on a single night, with simultaneous screenings taking place across Australia.

Be My Brother was selected from over 650 entries as the Best Film of Tropfest 2009.  Nash Edgerton, North West Film Festival guest for 2008, was also a past winner at Tropfest.

David Lawrance’s film credits include the short film Fallers which screened at festivals in Australia and overseas and Supergirl, a short film adapted from his own play which won Best Screenplay at the 2004 Short Cuts Film Festival.

Simon Portus is a writer/director who has made several successful short films. His short film Adrift (2005) premiered at the Sydney Film Festival.

His most recent short Tomorrow (2008) premiered at Berlin Film Festival in February 2009.  Simon is working on two feature films Love-less, a comedy and  Dog Eat Dog, a thriller, in development with UK based Warp Films.

The North West Film Festival will take place at The Roxy, Bingara on Friday September 18 and Saturday September 19.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the two highlights of the Festival which include the Festival Awards on Friday September 18 at 6pm, as well as the short film screenings presented by the special guests on Saturday September 19 at 5:00pm.

Don’t miss this exciting event.  All enquires to Sandy McNaughton: roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au or mob: 0427 241 582.