This week Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced a grant of $8,000 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, now in its 10th year, was open to emerging filmmakers, students, young people and community members from isolated rural communities across the New England North West region.
“The Festival gives people in the region a great opportunity to showcase their films, review the productions of their peers and work with industry professionals,” Mr Marshall said.
“The funds will be used to produce a show reel of winning films which will then be screened at the awards night. 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. The Festival is a celebration of what can be achieved by people who believe in their rural community and its future,” Mr Marshall said.
The film festival will take place over two days on September 13-14 at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara.
All members of the community are invited to attend the awards night on Friday night (13 September) at 6pm as well as participate in the many workshops and movie screening taking place on the Saturday (14 September).