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12-18-2009, 05:39 AM
Hi fellow aussie redusers..

In 2010 the Australian Film Festival will be on in Feb-March next year, which I am one of the directors..It will feature an educational component (which may or may not involve some RED stuff.. if anyone has ideas let me know). Most of the features shown will inheritely be shot on RED. Below is the press release. Stay tuned whilst our website launches, and hope to see you there.

The Australian Film Festival is a new concept for film festivals in Australia, combining aspects of screening, film and audience development, educational programs and marquee events in a festival atmosphere.

Evolving from the 2009 Australian Film Week, the Australian Film Festival is the country's most comprehensive presentation of Australian film content.

With screenings at Randwick, Coogee and Clovelly Beach, and a stone's throw from Fox Studios and the nation's leading film education facilities, the Australian Film Festival is set in the heart of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, and at the hub of Australian filmmaking and film audience.

With the iconic Randwick Ritz Cinema as its' screening HQ, the Festival opens on February 24 with a very special Popcorn Taxi Q&A event featuring some of Australia’s best filmmakers. Programmed by Peter Castaldi, one of Australia’s most respected film authorities, over the following 11 inspiring days the AFF will combine a series of indoor/outdoor screenings and marquee events.

Featuring traditional and new media productions, classic films, unreleased features and digital genres, the Festival is underpinned by the unique AFF Next Wave Film Centre, educating Australia's future filmmakers.

Then, on the 7th March, AFF closes the streets surrounding the Ritz Cinema for an exciting Food & Film Festival, the inducting of this year's Australian Film Walk of Fame recipient and the final event, the Australian Short Film Festival.

“The Australian Film Festival is a new concept for film festivals, which will be taking a modern and global
view of what film is,” festival director Barry Watterson says.

"The purpose of the festival is not simply the screening of Australian film. We're also focused on the long term development of Australian film content in a rapidly changing global environment and the building of audiences for Australian film."

Pawel Achtel
12-18-2009, 07:17 PM
Good idea. Keep us posted.

david farland
12-19-2009, 02:08 PM
Sounds great...cheers for the heads up.Definitely attend...D

Cail Young
12-19-2009, 03:27 PM
at the hub of Australian filmmaking and film audience.

I'm pretty sure we make and watch films all over the country; however it's a good start!

Joe D'Arcy
12-19-2009, 04:53 PM
Hi Ace, congrats on setting up the festival.-Joe

scott william
12-20-2009, 12:45 PM
Great! excited to see the program.

01-30-2010, 02:59 AM
Hey guys, thanks for all support.

Film program and website are now launched. Check it out. Our program will be growing!

J Davis
01-31-2010, 05:47 AM
Wow, birth of a new festival. Congratulations. I look forward to following its progress and

hearing some of those aussie accents online (hopefully).

02-14-2010, 03:42 PM
So if you dont already know. Our opening night we will be screening MAD MAX in association with Popcorn Taxi, which will feature a Q&A with the entire MadMax cast! Mel Gibson isn't able to attend as he is off promoting his other film, but this will be the first time the cast has gotten together in the same room since the shooting of the film some odd 30 years ago. This is also the first time an entire generation (certainly my generation) will be able to see this classic in a cinema in 35mm.

Get your tickets NOW!


02-14-2010, 03:43 PM
Also, program has been updated on the website to include some more fringe fest films!

Brian J Wells
03-29-2010, 08:30 PM
Very cool. Didn't know about popcorn taxi either. Thanks for the heads up. Will definitely aim for a festival submission at some point.