Lights, camera, action as inaugural Far South Film Fest kicks off

Filmmaking in regional Australia. Photo Raymond Tom
Filmmaking in regional Australia. Photo Raymond Tom

Far South Film, an association of professional and emerging filmmakers in the South East region of NSW, is calling for submissions from regional filmmakers around Australia for its inaugural Far South Film Festival.

The association is calling for entries of under 10 minutes and also between 10-30 minutes for the short film festival.

Due to COVID-19, the festival will be screened online on Sunday, August 23 together with a number of filmmaker Q&As and awards announcements.

With a closing date of July 31, the organisers acknowledge the short time frame but are keen to establish a date in the calendar for a regular annual event.

Far South Film Festival committee member Marna Smith they wanted to be a stakeholder for the date.

"It is a short time frame but these type of films can be produced using an iPhone or iPad and a month is long enough if you are using these devices," Ms Smith said.

Drone filming on the Far South Coast. Photo Raymond Tom

Drone filming on the Far South Coast. Photo Raymond Tom

"We are also very interested in seeing more youth entries."

The organisers hope to establish the date which would start as a one day event but could have the potential to grow. It also focuses on content from regional filmmakers.

"The festival showcases the unique, the beautiful, the scary, and moving stories made by the people from the lesser known areas of our island continent, who know those stories and places the best. At least two of the key creatives (writer/director/producer/filmmaker) must reside in a regional area in Australia," Ms Smith said.

Film submissions have a final deadline of July 31. There are two film length categories: under 10 minutes and 10 to 30 minutes. The major prize will be $1000 for Best Film with a range of other prizes for different categories, including Best Director, Best Use of a Regional Setting, Best Youth Film and a Diversity Award.

Far South Film is seeking more festival sponsors for filmmaker prizes and marketing support in return for having their business promoted through the festival to online audiences around Australia.

More details are available on the festival website at farsouthfilmfestival.com

Sound recording in the Bega Valley. Photo: Lis Shelley

Sound recording in the Bega Valley. Photo: Lis Shelley

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