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.
Dubbo Filmmakers hosted the 6th Annual One Eye Film Festival at the Black Box Theatre in November, 2019. There is no competition and there are no prizes – just a chance to see local stories created by local people. As with previous years, attendance at the OEFF was free with close to capacity crowds for both nights of the festival.
One of the major projects of the Dubbo Filmmakers Group was the launch in 2013 of the One Eye Film Festival, hosted by the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 One Eye Film Festival will show over 15 films from Dubbo filmmakers or filmmakers with a connection to Dubbo.
The audience at the 2019 One Eye Film Festival was treated to many different film styles – documentary, music videos, dance, comedy, drama and much more.
Entry was free for local filmmakers.
Congratulations to all the selected films:
Pointe Shoes by Spencer Bloomfield
Conflict by Angela Canalese
A dam good time by Maree Barnes
Stare at the Clouds by Clinton Hoy
Aphantasia -the Absence of Fantasy by Milena Sallustio
Join the Dubbo Filmmakers for a day of magnificent movies during the Macquarie Credit Union Dream Festival.
For paid screenings, you can pay in cash on the day or click on the link for each film to pre-pay online with your debit or credit card.
10:00 AM: Best of Screenwave short films – $5
Young people across Regional NSW are telling stories through film, thanks to the Screenwave International Film Festival’s Nextwave program. Dubbo audiences will have the opportunity to see a showcase of 15 of the best short films made by young regional Australians from the past three years. Details:
2:45 PM: Backtrack Boys special screening (FREE event)
This special screening of Backtrack Boys will be followed by and open Q&A session with the filmmakers. Although this is a free event and everybody is welcome, we expect that it will be popular and seating is limited and it is recommended you RSVP. Details:
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.