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DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – BIRTH OF AN ALL AUSTRALIAN FILM FRESTIVAL

Film fans, directors, producers, actors, industry professionals, and audiences from all walks of life are expected to descend on idyllic Dungog (Hunter region, NSW) at the end of May for the inaugural Dungog Film Festival, a showcase of exclusively Australian films, ranging from premieres to classics and shorts – all screened in the James Theatre, Australia’s oldest continuously running cinema.

Dungog Film Festival (May 31 – June 3) has been established by filmmaker Allanah Zitserman, producer of the feature films Russian Doll and Horseplay (and more recently the short film, Pros and Cons, selected for St Kilda Film Fest) with the objective of showcasing Australian film in a non-competitive festival – “and in one of the most beautiful places on earth,” she says. Previously, Zitserman had set up and managed Barbarella nightclub and a music/dance/fashion festival in Bondi.

The festival will showcase approximately 16 films and 6 hours of Australian heritage films, including features, newsreels, and documentaries. These will be collected into four programs, one each day of the festival. There will be live script presentations, noon seminars and a closing party on Sunday (It’s A Wrap Barbee).

Zitserman has marshalled support from a wide range of local organisations like Film Hunter and Dugong Shire Council, Arts Upper Hunter, as well as the NSW Film & Television Office, the National Film & Sound Archive and Mushroom Pictures.

Dungog is 2.5 hours drive from Sydney; Newcastle Airport is less than an hour away, and there are regular trains from Sydney and Newcastle, including the XPT. The town is well equipped with sporting facilities, which include a swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course and squash courts. Dungog’s lively main street is littered with cafes, restaurants, antique stores, email facilities and other conveniences and the town is adjacent to the magnificent Barrington Tops, with the beautiful Williams River runs through the town. Accommodation in the area can provide beds for about 250, and Zitserman also plans to provide a camp site for those keen to stay grounded.

Opening Night Film & Tucker: $50

Individual Session Tickets ($12) will go on sale 15 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Admission is free to the Live Script Read and Noon Seminars.


FESTIVAL PASSES (on sale from April 30 from www.dungogfilmfestival.org )
Swagman’s Pass ($65)
Provides admission to six sessions of the film program at the James Theatre, plus admission to It’s A Wrap. Seats are unreserved. The pass holder must be seated at the advertised session time.

Swagman’s Pass Plus ($100)
Same as Swagman’s Pass, plus admission toOpening Night Film & Tucker. Seats are unreserved. The pass holder must be seated at the advertised session time.

Drover’s Pass ($150)
Provides admission to all film programs at the JamesTheatre, plus admission to It’s A Wrap and priority seating at the Noon Seminars. Seats are unreserved. Pass holder must be seated at the advertised session time.

Drover’s Pass Plus ($185)
Same as Drover’s Pass, plus admission to Opening Night Film & Tucker. Seats are unreserved. The pass holder must be seated at the advertised session time.

Patron’s Pass ($500)
Provides admission and priority seating to all film programs at the James Theatre, plus admission to Opening Night Film & Tucker, It’s A Wrap and Festival Director’s Private Luncheon. Reserved seating will be available upon request; otherwise pass holder must be seated at the advertised session time.

Sponsors Pass will be provided to those who have made a major contribution to support the presentation of the festival. It provides all Patron Pass benefits, plus exclusive benefits and recognitions.

Published March 29, 2007
 

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James Theatre, Dungog


Allanah Zitserman, founder and director, Dungog Film Festival

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Entry forms (submissions close April 13, 2007) and info: www.dungogfilmfestival.org







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