It will be a night of glitz and glamour this Friday for the North West Film Festival screening and awards presentation and the community are invited to dress accordingly.
“The quality of the films this year is really high. We have been blown away by the creativity and cinematography of the films and it is testament to the immense talent of the young people in our region,” festival coordinator Georgia Standerwick said.
The festival film screening and awards night will be held on September 12 at the Roxy theatre and all members of the public are invited to attend this free event.
The evening will commence at 6pm with a barbecue and live entertainment in the pocket park opposite the theatre, the official awards commencing at 7.30pm, followed by a cocktail party and a screening of The Sunnyboy.
This documentary follows the journey of Jeremy Oxley, enigmatic lead singer of the 80s band The Sunnyboys, as he emerges from a 30 year battle with schizophrenia.
The film is an inspiring story of hope, survival, and the healing power of unconditional love, and is presented by two of the festival sponsors, Careers NSW and the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.
“Everyone is invited to attend the awards night. It is a really fun night and there are some great films on show. We have had entries from as far away as Lebanon and the United Kingdom as well as some fantastic films from around the region.”
The film awards will be presented by guest judges from the film and television industry, including film critic and filmmaker, Ruth Hessey, music video producer and filmmaker, Dean Wells, filmmaker and owner of local film production company IXL at FILM, Terence Sadler, and Australian actor Garry Waddell.
The guest judges will also facilitate school workshops at the Roxy on Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12 covering skills such as video editing, acting, working with cameras, and interview techniques. Over 200 students have already registered for these workshops.