BUDDING directors, camera operators, film stars and even hospitality students got in on the action at the 10th annual North West Film Festival at Bingara’s Roxy Theatre on Friday.
The film festival began with a Masterchef-style cook off on Friday morning, featuring the Masterchef and reality television casting agent Kirsty de Vallance.
Hospitality students from Bingara Central School got straight to work in the kitchen, but they weren’t the only ones hard at work.
Film students used the opportunity to film a cooking segment, with Ms de Vallance helping them hone their skills.
The footage was screened later that night at the awards dinner, where the region’s best short filmmakers and storytellers were recognised for their work.
About 210 students attended the festival, coming from Bingara, Armidale, Inverell, Moree, Gum Flat and Warialda.
The festival also included a range of demonstrations and workshops covering acting, camera skills, and animation. Festival director Stephanie Marshall said the event gave students the opportunity to work with industry professionals and gain invaluable experience in the film and television industry.
She said having Ms de Vallance involved in the film festival allowed the students to learn more about the processes behind reality television, one of the growing genres.
“The hospitality students were pretending to be contestants and being filmed by other students, so it gave everyone some experience,” Ms Marshall said.
Students from Holy Trinity, Inverell High, Armidale TAFE, Gum Flat Primary, Macintyre High, Armidale High, Inverell TAFE and Armidale City Public were among the award winners.