2019 was a big year for Dubbo Filmmakers, with the group stepping out in new directions whilst keeping true to our origins.
Since 2013, Dubbo Filmmakers has been an informal group of people with a passion in filmmaking. As the group has grown bigger and more ambitious, it was decided to incorporate the group in August 2019 – now making us Dubbo Filmmakers Inc. This opens up many opportunities for the group. Fittingly, our inaugural executive included founding member Peter Aland as President.
Professional development & workshops
Professional development and workshops were a big feature of 2019. In January 2019, we held our Filmmaking and Editing workshops as part of the Create NSW funded “Script to Screen” series, with support from Dubbo Regional Council. Gareth Tilson, who facilitated, led the participants in the hands on experience of shooting the short film, A Woman’s Touch, written by local screenwriter, Kellie Jennar. The group enjoyed a rough cut screening of the film in the Western Plains Cultural Centre Black Box Theatre. The completed version of A Woman’s Touch has since screened at the 2019 One Eye Film Festival.
In 2019, Dubbo Filmmaker’s Inc also delivered Young Filmmakers’ Bootcamps to young filmmakers in Dubbo, Wellington, Gilgandra and Narromine, thanks to funding from Regional Arts NSW, and support from Create NSW and Macquarie Regional Library. Our more experienced filmmakers had a ball teaching enthusiastic young people how to make a film in a day, with some of the completed films screening at the 2019 One Eye Film Festival.
Dubbo Filmmakers also continued their free regular workshops for members throughout 2019, with more experienced members sharing their skills and knowledge with others. Workshops this year included:
- Guerilla lighting
- Generating story ideas for short films
- Writing a documentary treatment
- Basic editing for documentary shorts
The free workshops for members will continue throughout 2020 ($5.00 for non-members) – click here to renew/apply for membership for 2020.
In July, Dubbo Filmmakers hosted Film+Food, to raise money for our web series project, To the End of the Earth. As well as enjoying delicious soup, attendees were treated to a selection of locally made short films. The night was highly successful, and we thank everyone who attended or supported us.
In August, Dubbo Filmmakers was pleased to partner with Dubbo Regional Council to present a special screening of the inspiring Australian documentary 2040.
Major project – To the End of the Earth
To the End of the Earth is planned as a 6-part (initially) web series and is our most ambitious project to date. People of all ages and experience levels who have an interest in filmmaking. The story came from show-runner Peter Aland with several writers contributing.
Two episodes have already been shot, with episode one screened at the 2019 One Eye Film Festival. The next 4 episodes are planned for 2020.
A big “thank you” to everyone who has contributed to the project. To find out more and to get involved, visit:
2019 One Eye Film Festival
2019’s One Eye Film Festival was our biggest and best ever. A big thank you to Dubbo RSL Resort who hosted the OEFF at their wonderful theatrette. Audiences were treated to a selection of local and Australian short films, including films by young filmmakers (JOEYS).
Dubbo Filmmakers would particularly like to thank Robyn Herron who curated the 2019 festival.
To find out more and see a playlist of some of the films, visit: