Free members’ workshop – Lighting for video


When: Saturday, February 27, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Music Room, Community Arts Rooms, WPCC, Cnr Wingewarra and Gipps Street, Dubbo
FREE for current Dubbo Filmmakers financial members
$25 for everyone else

Membership is now due for 2021 – have you renewed yours? Click here to pay your fees. New members welcome.

In this workshop, you will learn the importance of lighting to improve your video, no matter what your purpose. You will work both inside and outside and look at different solutions to lighting issues.

You will also have the opportunity to learn how to best utilise Dubbo Filmmaker’s lighting equipment which was purchased thanks to a grant from Dubbo Regional Council. If you are a member, you are able to hire Dubbo Filmmaker’s equipment at low cost for your own projects (by arrangement).

The workshop will be facilitated by multi-media professional and Dubbo Filmmakers member, Nathan Shooter.

There are limited seats so registration is essential. Your place will be confirmed via email. To register, see the link to the registration form below.

Become a member:

Non-member workshop payment $25 (secure payment via PayPal):

Any questions? Click here to email Dubbo Filmmakers.

This event was made possible due to the support of Dubbo Regional Council

To register

Click the link below to be taken to the registration form

Join us for the 8th annual One Eye Film Festival, November 20, 2020

The 8th annual One Eye Film Festival is on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7 pm. We have a great selection of local and Australian short films for you to enjoy. Congratulations to the local filmmakers who were official selections this year featured in the video. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the DRTCC:

This year’s line-up includes the first 2 episodes of Dubbo’s own web series, To the End of the Earth.

We are very pleased to have Gareth Tilson as the curator for the film festival this year. Gareth is a director, cinematographer and AFTRS lecturers. He has also delivered a number of funded workshops for Dubbo Filmmakers and will be attending the event in person.

The 2020 One Eye Film Festival was made possible through the support of Dubbo Regional Council and the sponsorship of Dubbo Film Society.

Entries closing soon for 2020 One Eye Film Festival

Entries for the 8th edition of Dubbo Filmmakers’ One Eye Film Festival (OEFF) close on November 1, 2020. Entry is free for eligible short films for Dubbo Filmmakers members and local school students with additional categories for:

  • Local short films by non-members
  • Australian short films
  • International short films

For additional information on technical requirements and other rules, visit our FilmFreeway listing:

There are no prizes, there is no theme. We exist to promote filmmaking and film viewing around Dubbo, NSW, Australia and surrounding areas. We want to see as wide a range of films as possible, but we want all films to be shorter than 7 minutes for local films (4 minutes for secondary student category and 2 minutes for primary student category). Please note: the longer form category for local films is by invitation only and Other Australian and International category shorts can be up to 10 minutes.

The OEFF welcomes all genres including comedy; drama; horror; documentary; experimental; music video – really anything that is suitable for a diverse audience. In 2019, videos included a locally made Indian language music video, a couple of videos made by youth about mental health, dramas, a web series, short comedies and music videos.

This year’s festival will be held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre for the first time on Friday, November 20, 2020. The OEFF this year is presented in partnership with the Dubbo Regional Council, and supported by the Dubbo Film Society. Tickets will be on sale from November 2.

If you have any questions, please click here to contact Dubbo Filmmakers via email.

Robyn Herron, 2019 curator of the OEFF on stage at the Dubbo RSL Club Resort with presenter and Dubbo Filmmakers member, Nathan Shooter.

Doco Deep Dive – filmmaking workshops registration now open

Nathan Shooter, workshop mentor and media professional

With the help of funding from Screen NSW, DFM are proud to present a 4-stage documentary project, called Doco Deep Dive.
Doco Deep Dive aims to develop the skills of regional NSW filmmakers to develop, produce, shoot and post-produce a short form documentary.

Two industry mentors will guide mid-level filmmakers in the Dubbo region, to create a broadcast standard 5 – 10-minute documentary.

Stage 1 – Write a documentary treatment CLOSED

Stage 2 – 1 on 1 Producer mentoring CLOSED

Stage 3 – Filming intensive (via selection process) Max 4 participants OPEN

Stage 4 – Editing and post-production intensive (via selection process) Max 2 participants OPEN

You MUST be a member of the Dubbo Filmmakers to apply for this project. Become a member here:

If you have any questions, email Kellie at

This project has been heavily subsidised through CreateNSW (Screen) funding.

Stage 3 – Filming intensive workshop

Four participants will be selected through an application process, to be mentored by media professional, Nathan Shooter, in an intensive and hands-on workshop to film the selected documentary from Stage 1.

This workshop has been designed for intermediate level filmmakers. Topics covered in this 2-day workshop will include:

  • Pre-production
  • Creating shot lists
  • Working on a documentary set
  • How to relate to documentary subjects
  • Knowing your equipment
  • Videography
  • Lighting
  • Still photography
  • Sound and audio

Applications close 6pm Oct 23
Successful applicants notified Oct 26
Stage 3 workshop Oct 31 & Nov 1

Cost of Stage 3 is $90

Link to register for Stage 3 – Filming intensive workshop:

Stage 4 – Editing and post-production intensive workshop

Two participants will be selected through an application process, to be mentored by media professional, Nathan Shooter, in editing and post-production.

This workshop has been designed for intermediate level filmmakers.

Topics covered in this 2-day workshop will include:

  • Principles of editing
  • Editing software
  • Editing for visual story telling
  • Audio editing
  • Sound
  • Colour grading
  • And more

Applications close 6pm Oct 23
Successful applicants notified 26
Stage 4 workshop Nov 7 & 8

Cost of Stage 4 is $120

Link to register for Stage 4 – Editing and post-production intensive workshop:

Free members’ workshop – getting your film festival ready

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 7 pm,
Music Room, Community Arts Rooms
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

Registration essential

2017 One Eye Film Festival, held at the Black Box Theatre, WPCC

Getting your film festival ready

Dubbo Filmmakers One Eye Film Festival (OEFF) has a set of recommended technical specifications which are typical of most film festivals:

  • Frame size: 1920h x 1080v (1.0)
  • Frame rate: 25.00 frames/second
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square pixels (1.0)
  • Fields: No Fields (Progressive Scan)
  • Audio Settings/Sample rate: 48000 samples/second

But what does it all mean? And how can you make sure you meet these requirements? And why does it even matter?!

During this workshop, experienced filmmaker and one of Dubbo Filmmakers’ founders, Peter Aland, will talk about common trips and traps to avoid in order to meet the OEFF specs. And feel free to come along with any specific questions you might have about your project.

Also, Erifili Davis will talk about the FilmFreeway platform, used by most film festivals to accept entries from filmmakers (including OEFF).

The workshop is free for Dubbo Filmmakers full/financial members or $5 (plus processing fee) for non-members.

To become a member: (online payment options only)

To pay for just this workshop:

All participants will need to register below for the workshop to comply with public health directives. If you are unwell, we ask you to stay at home. Strictly limited numbers – your place will be confirmed via email.

Members’ workshop – Shooting video on your smartphone

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 7 pm
Drama Room, upstairs Community Arts Rooms, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

Registration essential

Behind the scenes with workshop facilitator, Nathan Shooter

During this workshop, facilitator and experienced filmmaker, Nathan Shooter, will guide you through the equipment you need to maximise the quality of your smartphone video. Please note – due to the short length of the workshop, the session will be mainly theory based and will provide you with the information you need to shoot using your smartphone. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Audio
  2. Lighting
  3. Stabalisation

The workshop is free for Dubbo Filmmakers full/financial members or $5 (plus processing fee) for non-members.

To become a member: (online payment options only)

To pay for just this workshop:

All participants will need to register for the workshop to comply with public health directives (see form below). If you are unwell, we ask you to stay at home.

Strictly limited numbers – your place will be confirmed via email.

About Nathan Shooter

Nathan drives audiences to the nexus of Personal Branding and Big Ideas, provoking people to rethink what it means to ‘communicate from the inside out’ and share their message with the world.

He is a speaker, podcaster and founder of Brandhood™ and Thrive Media. Since 2004 as a creative strategist, Nathan is trusted by clients around Australia and the globe, to craft purposeful and profitable brands.

As an artful communicator, Nathan shares his Brandhood Map™ to equip business leaders, speakers, authors and coaches with a practical framework to build a personal brand that attracts opportunities.

He is an Adobe International Design Achievement Awards Judge, and is a Coloured Brain Trainer, recognised by the American Institute of Business Psychology.

Free members’ workshop – Filmmaking 101

Kellie Jennar, centre, presents Filmmaking 101, free for members of Dubbo Filmmakers

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:

Not ready to become a member? Workshops are $5 each (plus processing fee if paying online). Click below to pay securely with PayPal. Or pay in person at the workshop.

Bold moves – 2019

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.

Special events

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:

Project update – “To the End of the Earth”

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

Helen Ryan

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:

If you are a business interested in sponsoring us, click here to send an email.

About Dubbo Filmmakers

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:

  • Producing/Project Management
  • Filmmaking
  • Script writing/screenplays
  • Film editing
  • Actors
  • Film screenings/events
  • Training and workshops for all ages
  • Sourcing cast and crew
  • Videography

Special event: Film + Food, July 10, 2019

Dubbo Filmmakers invites you to a night of locally made short films and delicious hot soup to support the locally made web series, To the End of the Earth.


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.

Tickets are available online from:

You can purchase tickets at the door but please book to for catering purposes.