North West Film Festival continues to grow

August 28, 2014

People will have the chance to view selected winning entries of the North West Film Festival at The Roxy Theatre in Bingara on Friday, September 12.

With entries now closed, esteemed judges have the task of narrowing down the best of 65 short films received from the world over, including Lebanon and the United Kingdom, Newcastle, Bryon Bay and towns from this surrounding region.

Now in its eleventh year and offering various categories, The NWFF has gained a strong following and provides the opportunity for new to the more experienced film maker to develop their skills, work with industry professionals and showcase their films.

“This really is a unique cultural event,” Gwydir Shire Council economic development officer Georgia Standerwick said.

“The films all have to be under seven minutes long, and that is a great way to get into film making and also provides an avenue for individuals and groups to express themselves or raise their profile.

“Over the years there have been some absolutely outstanding entries to the very simple yet beautiful. The festival is open to anyone with an interest in filmmaking and people may be surprised to discover that it is actually a lot easier than they may believe. Now is definitely the time to think about what could be done to enter next year. We encourage people of all ages, even if they have never made a film to have a go.

“If you need help or inspiration there is a ‘how to make a film’ video on the festival website. It is a great opportunity to try something different and offers the chance to win money in the process. Community groups are really encouraged as it is a great way to get your message out while creating a valuable promotional tool.”

This year’s categories include:

  • Tell us something…fictional,
  • Tell us something…factional, animation, and
  • Dream it, dance it do it.

There are three age groups for each category, primary, secondary/Tafe and community with $200 for the winner of each category and $2000 for the overall winner.

“It will be a great family night out with a free barbecue at Fays at 6pm as well as the screening of films appropriate for all ages and the award ceremony.”

The judges for this year’s contest are writer and filmmaker Ruth Hessey, actor Gary Waddell, production expert Terence Sadler and filmmaker Dean Wells.

North West Film Festival Invitation