Special guests for North West Film Festival

September 4, 2010

The North West Film Festival is a festival for young people from rural communities interested and actively engaged in creative digital and analogue screen media.

This year the Festival will take place at The Roxy, Bingara on Friday and Saturday September 17 and 18. 

Now in its seventh year, the Festival provides young people with the unique opportunity to showcase their work, assess the work of their peers, work with industry professionals and celebrate their achievements.

It is open to emerging filmmakers, students, young people and community members from isolated rural communities across the New England North West region of New South Wales.

This year the Festival is delighted to welcome a wonderful line-up of judges and special guests from the Australian film and television industry: Jadyn Albergoni, Annie Byron, Belinda Chayko,  and Kirsty de Vallance.

Collectively, they have a broad range of industry experience which they are looking forward to sharing over the two days of the Festival.

Jaclyn Albergoni is a talented young actress known to many across Australia for her role as Constable Giorgina Watson in Channel 7’s Home and Away. 

Jaclyn has also appeared in All Saints, as well as the Australian feature film Eternity Man.  More recently, she has appeared in Carmen for Opera Australia.

Belinda Chayko is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent feature film “Lou” starring English actor John Hurt, was released in June of this year.

Kirsty de Vallance is a casting agent with over ten years experience in the Australian television industry.  Her most recent casting credits include The Biggest Loser – Series 1-5, Master Chef – Series 1 + 2,  Project Runway series 1 + 2
and Worlds Strictest Parents – series 1 + 2, among others.

Annie Byron is no stranger to Bingara.  Growing up in Inverell Annie went to school at St Mary’s Ross Hill, then Sacred Heart Primary. For some of her high school years she was a boarder in Armidale, at St Ursula’s College. The remainder were spent at Inverell High.

She graduated with a scholarship that took her to the University of New South Wales, where she gained an Arts Degree, with honours in Drama. From there she went to NIDA where her class mates included Steve Bisley, Deborah Lawrence, Robert Menzies, Peter Kingston, Judy Davis and Mel Gibson.

Within a year of finishing NIDA she was the second Mrs Harry Sullivan (Lou Mitchell) in what was, at the time, the most popular and successful Australian TV series, “The Sullivans”.

Over the past 32 years, Annie has worked with many of Australia’s leading writers, directors, designers and actors in stage, film, television and radio work.

She has appeared in guest roles on most of the on-going TV series that have come and gone over the years: “G.P.”, “A Country Practice”, “Neighbours”, “Flying Doctors”, “All Saints”, “Backberner”, “Stingers”, “Murder Call”, “Home and
Away”, “Always Greener”, “Raffety’s Rules” to name just a few.

The Festival is proud to welcome such a wonderfully talented group of judges this year.

It is grateful for the support of the Department of Education and Training, New England Institute of TAFE and the Gwydir Shire Council.  It is an initiative of The Gwydir Learning Region.

The North West Film Festival acknowledges the generous support of Arts NSW and is grateful for their generous assistance. 

Members of the public are invited to attend the Festival Awards commencing at 6:00pm on Friday September 17.

The awards provide the opportunity for members of the public to experience the wealth of emerging talent in the region, as well as to see the works of the special guests. Entry to the awards is by gold coin donation.

All enquiries to Sandy McNaughton mob:  0427 241 582 or roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au