Entries invited for first Tamworth Film Festival

LITTLE SCREEN TO BIG SCREEN: Luke McDonagh is encouraging filmmakers - even first-timers - to enter the first Tamworth Film Festival. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140717GGD02
LITTLE SCREEN TO BIG SCREEN: Luke McDonagh is encouraging filmmakers - even first-timers - to enter the first Tamworth Film Festival. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140717GGD02

DRONES, iPhones and GoPros at the ready – a group of film enthusiasts are launching a festival and want to see what you can do.

It’ll be low-key and non-competitive, but the first Tamworth Film Festival will be held at the Forum 6 Cinemas on October 8.

The unofficial committee is inviting people to submit short films on any topic “for the thrill and satisfaction of seeing your own work on the big silver screen”.

Tamworth Film Festival - who can enter, when, what and how. Video: Carolyn Millet

Spokesman Luke McDonagh – a Prime7 News cameraman – said entrants could be anyone from a Year 12 drama student with an iPhone to a professional with a $10,000 camera.

“We’re such a cultural hub for dance and music, and there is definitely a spot for cinema, too,” Mr McDonagh said.

“I know a lot of cinemaphiles – a lot of people who like making movies and a lot of creatives – but we’re all a bit isolated.

“This is a chance for us to come together.”

The films must be no more than seven minutes long and “nothing too gory, sweary or violent” – about an M rating or lower.

As for the style and subject matter, anything goes, including stop-motion, travel, narrative, documentary or experimental.

  • The films must be in by September 8 – email lukemcdonagh@me.com for details.