Due the the COVID-19 situation, and with the decision to the close the WPCC Community Arts Rooms, Dubbo Filmmakers is continuing its series of workshops online as we want to continue to encourage and develop our local filmmaking community.
This month’s workshop:
Generating story ideas for short films
Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 7 pm on Google Hangouts Meet
Free for full/financial members, $5 (plus processing fee) for non-members.
Want to make a short film but not sure where to start with a story? Or maybe you’re an experienced writer or filmmaker and are interested in techniques in helping you generate story ideas. Erifili Davis, who has written and produced several short films screened at the One Eye Film Festival as well as film festivals around the world, will facilitate this short workshop to spark ideas for short films of any genre.
This workshop will be delivered ONLINE using Google Hangouts Meet. You can join on your computer (Google Chrome browser recommended) or on your iOS or Android device using the free app. We are unable to assist with tech support so please make sure you test your setup before the workshop. There will be a dial-in option for audio.
Register using the link below and we will send you a link to the online meeting room and additional resources to support the workshop. Details will be sent by 25/03/2020 (or before the workshop for those who register 25 to 26/03/2020).
Our free workshop for February, Filmmaking 101, is presented by Kellie Jennar.
Do you have an idea for a short film? Maybe you even have a script – what next?
During this workshop, Kellie will take you through the essentials you need to think about to be able to take your project from idea to finished product. She’ll take you through the logistics of getting your film made, from basic budgeting, people and equipment you’ll need and getting everything organised.
Kellie is an experience filmmaker and active Dubbo Filmmakers member. She has had 2 short documentaries, In My Own World and Pride Out West, screened on ABC.
Please note: this is an overview of film production. If you are interested in more detail, let us know and we may be able to plan it for future workshops.
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7 pm Where: Western Plains Cultural Centre, Community Arts Rooms (cnr Church and Wingewarra Streets) Cost: Free for financial members, $5 everybody else
Our monthly workshops are free for financial members. Not a member yet? Click below to join:
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:
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:
Pre-production for the 6-part web series To the End of the Earth (TTEOTE) is well underway, with the first full table read held September 1, 2019. It was great to have most of the cast, crew and writers together under one roof for the first time and everybody was excited to hear the scripts read for the first time.
TTEOTE is about Joan who suddenly decides to go on a trip, leaving behind her adopted and foster children. What is the secret that Joan has been keeping? And will it tear her family apart?
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far. In particular, we’d like to thank:
Domino’s Pizza Dubbo Priceline Australia Dubbo Pharmacy (Macquarie St)
Level 4 supporters
Level 3 supporters
Dr Linda Ghys Fred Randell Kim Goldsmith Jessica Moore
Level 2 supporters
Holly Lyons Dylan Del Moro Cheryl Bourke
Support the web series!
Everyone working on the production is a volunteer, donating their time and services, but it still costs a lot of money to create a web series. You can support the web series, with great perks available. Find out more here:
Dubbo Filmmakers Inc. is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation (ABN 62252147282), which is passionate about all aspects of filmmaking, especially locally made films, and the Dubbo Film Industry. There are approximately 140 members of the group.
Contact Dubbo Filmmakers for any of filmmaking needs:
This is Dubbo Filmmakers’ biggest project yet. You’ll hear about this local production from the creator, Peter Aland, as well as some of the writers and crew. For those who are interested, you’ll also find out how you can get involved, both in front of and behind the camera.
We will also be screening a collection of some of the best local short films from the past 6 years and announce the recipient of this years Australian Film and Radio School Short Course Scholarship, made possible by AFTRS and REX.
Tickets start at $15 which included event entry, bowl of soup, bread roll and tea/coffee. Kids under 5 are free and kids under 12 are $5.
There are other levels of support available for those who are interested in providing additional support to the project in exchange for a film or IMDB credit.
This is an alcohol-free, all ages event with cold drinks available for purchase on the night.
The 2nd annual AFTRS scholarship for filmmakers in the Dubbo LGA is now open for applications. AFTRS (Australian, Film, Television and Radio School), and the Dubbo Filmmakers have joined forces to help overcome the barriers of finance and geography faced by regional filmmakers.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to attend a 2-day course of their choice at the AFTRS Sydney campus, valued up to $720 between July 1 and December 31, 2019.
REX has come on board as travel sponsor and will provide a return flight from Dubbo to Sydney. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own accommodation.
Kellie Jennar, member of Dubbo Filmmakers, said, “Dubbo Filmmakers are thrilled to partner with AFTRS to offer this scholarship for the second year in a row.
“Dubbo is now a recognised regional screen production location, and this scholarship is helping to build screen capacity and talent within the region. We are looking for a local sponsor to come on board to assist the successful applicant with travel and accommodation expenses.”
To apply for the AFTRS scholarship, applicants are required to outline in 500 words or less:
Dubbo Filmmakers are launching a new collaborative project, To the End of the Earth, and we are inviting anyone who would be interested in collaborating.
To the End of the Earth is planned as a 6-part (initially) web series and is our most ambitious project to date. We are inviting people of all ages (16 and over) and experience levels who have an interest in filmmaking. Below is our invitational trailer.
You could be interested in:
not sure but I want to have a go/find out more
Our first collaboration workshop was held on Sunday March 24, 2019 with a great group of new and experienced filmmakers. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
We are still looking for people wanting to be part of the project, including actors of all ages.
If you would like to be part of the project, complete the form below so we can keep you posted. You will be required to sign a release form as part of your participation (if you are under 18, it will need to be signed by a parent/guardian/carer).
You are not obligated to participate in the project going forward if you choose not to be.
Young filmmakers from Dubbo and surrounds are invited to enter the Bilched Film Festival for a chance to share in $800 in prizes. The Bilched Film Festival is part of the regional screenings of the Aussie teen comedy, Bilched. To enter you need to:
Bilched the feature film is a wild ride through the last days of year 12 with anti-hero Hal alongside his slacker/jock mates. Amongst the hilarious universal teenage stupidity and chaos of the penultimate end of school house party it becomes glaringly obvious Hal needs to stop cruising through life to face his fears and follow his heart.
Bilched screens in Dubbo 11/3/2019 at 1st Dubbo Scout Hall, 28 Welchman St, Dubbo. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from:
Oorjjam receives special jury award at international festival
Jose Sunny’s short film, Oorjjam, which premiered at the 2018 All Sorts program, was selected for the Don Bosco International Short Film Festival in Kollam, India. The Malayalam language film received the Special Jury Award, which was accepted by Mr Wilson Myloth, on behalf of Jose, from the Mayor of Kollam. Oorjjam was screened as part of the film festival in January, 2019. Congratulations to Jose and all the cast and crew.
Oorjjam is an interpretation of an Einstein theory that states energy can not be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another. The film is a journey through energy, using the characters to describe the journey.
Connection selected for Short and Sweet Festival in Utah
Another member of Dubbo Filmmakers, Erifili Davis, had her short film Connection selected for the Short and Sweet film festival in Utah, USA. This is the second year in a row that one of Erifili’s films has been selected by the film festival, with her short film Space, directed by Margaret Anderson and co-produced with Kellie Jennar, selected and screened at the 2018 film festival.
Connection is a romantic comedy about a socially awkward young man who decides to confess his feelings to the free spirited object of his affections after just a few dates with things not going quite as planned. It was screened at the Short and Sweet Film Festival in January, 2019.
Writers selected for performance writing residency
Multi-talented members of Dubbo Filmmakers, Kellie Jennar and Lee Robinson, are two of eight participants selected for the 2019 Live Words Residency Program.
Live Words is a performance writing collective which aims to improve the performance writing skills of writers, and the development of performance-ready scripts in regional NSW. Participants will be mentored over 12 months by dramaturges Johanna Williams and Kay Nankervis, to write a performance ready full-length play.
Fiona Green and Maryanne Jaques will coordinate the program.
Live Words has been made possible by grants through Writing NSW and Create NSW.
Thanks to a grant from Create NSW, and sponsorship from the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Filmmakers is able to offer a series of subsidised film production workshops in Dubbo. These workshops will be facilitated by industry professionals and will give participants the opportunity to build hands-on experience. You can choose to participate in as many of the workshops as you want.
The workshops are ideal for beginner to intermediate skill levels.
The workshops are listed below with links to further details. Similar workshops in Sydney would typically cost $500 to $800 PER DAY.