Dubbo’s own short film festival enters sixth year

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Dubbo’s One Eye Film Festival (OEFF) goes from strength to strength, with November 2018 marking the sixth year of the film festival showcasing local films. The OEFF was launched by the Dubbo Filmmakers in 2013 to give local filmmakers an opportunity to have an audience for their films, thanks to the Western Plains Cultural Centre and a group of energetic volunteers. Entries are now open for short films (up to 7 minutes) to be considered for inclusion in the 2018 film festival with entries closing in October. For the first time, Dubbo Filmmakers is using the Filmfreeway online film submission platform to accept entries.

“Entry is free and it’s not a competition,” said Erifili Davis, a member of Dubbo Filmmakers. “The great thing about using Filmfreeway is that filmmakers can upload their projects once and submit not just to the One Eye Film Festival but hundreds of international festivals all from the same place.”

The aim of Dubbo Filmmakers and the OEFF is to encourage local filmmakers of all genres and experience levels to create films and tell the stories they care about.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a documentary, horror, comedy, animation or whether it’s your first or fiftieth film,”  Ms Davis said, “we just encourage you to tell your story and enter.”

“Projects can be very small and personal or can be bigger with multiple cast and crew. There is no theme, you just need some sort of connection to Dubbo.”

Dubbo Filmmakers is hoping to encourage young filmmakers with a junior section called the JOEYS, entering its second year in 2018.

“There’s a primary and a secondary school aged section,” said Ms Davis, “but you don’t need to be a school group to do it. We’re just hoping to encourage young people to tell their stories through film.”

If there are people with ideas for film projects but not sure where to start, the Dubbo Filmmakers group can provide support and guidance.

“The group meets once a month but we have a very active Facebook group and the members are all very positive and supportive, no matter what your experience level,” Ms Davis said.

A number of local filmmakers have already completed or are in post-production with short film projects. Kellie Jennar wrote and produced the short film Players,  about a football mad small country town with a dark secret. Ms Jennar also produced the short documentary Pride Out West which screened on the ABC earlier this year, funded by Screen NSW.

Ms Davis is in post production with a short comedy, Connection, about a an awkward young man whose plans for a romantic breakfast don’t quite go as planned. She is also collaborating with another local filmmaker, Melina Sallustio, on a short documentary.

Other members of Dubbo Filmmakers have projects in various stages of production, including a short documentary on influential Australian musician Dave Mason of The Reels, who was named the 2018 DREAM Festival Artist of the Year.

“You don’t have to be a member of Dubbo Filmmakers to enter your film in the One Eye Film Festival,” Ms Davis said, “you just need to have a connection to the area and a film you’d like to share. And if you need help or can’t make sense of the technical requirements, the Dubbo Filmmakers group is happy to help.”

To help beginner filmmakers, a film finishing SOS workshop will be held on October 16, 2018, at 7 pm at the Community Arts Rooms at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

If you would like to find out more about the group or the 2018 Dubbo One Eye Film Festival, visit the website at http://dubbofilmmakers.com/one-eye-film-festival/2018-oeff-joeys/.

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DoP Jude Morrell (left) with Robert Zavadszky & ‎Tyran Tuckey in the short film “Players”. Photo: Kellie Jennar

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