STUDENT FILMS HAVE A GLITTERING PREMIERE AT DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL
Dungog Film Festival’s Oovie Student Film Project
In a scene normally reserved for the Hollywood A-list, students from three schools across NSW were treated to their very own film premiere today, marking the culmination of a nine month intensive program - the Dungog Film Festival’s Oovie Student Film Project.
In its first year, DFF’s Oovie Student Film Project saw students from Sydney’s Ascham School, Newcastle’s Callaghan College and Port Stephens’ St Phillips Christian College work alongside some of the country’s greatest filmmaking talent (feature screenwriters, directors, producers, composers and editors) to make their very own five minute short film. The students were chosen from thousands of contenders across NSW.
The films premiered at a special gala event at Dungog’s James Theatre, with actor Andy Ryan (Tomorrow When the War Began) hosting the event. The three films were followed by a special screening of Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond’s much lauded Mrs Carey’s Concert. In addition to their big screen premiere, each student’s film will now be distributed through the Oovie DVD network.
Commenting on the premiere, Mark Haley from Newcastle’s Callaghan College said: “DFF’s Oovie Student Film Project has given our students a firsthand look into the Australian film industry, encouraging them to extend their knowledge and skills of filmmaking. Seeing the films premiere on the big screen at the Dungog Film Festival and distributed through the Oovie DVD network is an absolute thrill!”
DFF Festival Director, Allanah Zitserman, shares: ”It has been inspiring to see all the students, teachers, entire schools and even towns in some cases, embrace DFF’s Oovie Student Film Project. The mentors were outstanding and we’re all extremely proud to present these talented students’ films today. This program represents the very essence of DFF’s mission of increasing an appreciation and connection to Australian screen culture.
Oovie Marketing Director, Karli Smith, said: “We’re delighted DFF’s Oovie Student Film Project has been so well received by teachers and students across the country. The sheer passion and creativity of these aspiring young filmmakers has led to the production of three truly remarkable films that we look forward to distributing through the Oovie DVD network.”
In its first year, DFF’s Oovie Student Film Project has already received wide ranging support from teachers, students and the Film Industry. The Project has been made possible through the generous support of Oovie and other supporters such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Roadshow Entertainment as well as the Australian Writers Guild (AWG), Australian Directors Guild and the Australian Performing Rights Association.
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About Dungog Film Festival
The Dungog Film Festival started five years ago as a celebration of Australian films in a non-competitive environment, showcasing new Australian screen content, honouring leading Australian filmmakers and revisiting Australian classics. The festival is staged over four days (26-29th May, 2011) in the picturesque Hunter town of Dungog, home to the iconic James Theatre. In addition to showcasing films the Festival presents a broader annual program, that includes In The Raw at Sydney Theatre, the Oovie Student Film Project and Speed Auditioning.
Founded in April 2005, Oovie is Australia’s largest network of DVD rental machines, having rented more than 2 Million DVDs to happy customers. Oovie currently has over 260 bright green DVD rental machines operating in NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and TAS with plans to launch nationally in the next 18 months. Oovie is owned by Hoyts Group.