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Festival plans well under way

Monday, 15th October, 2018

This year’s festival will pay tribute to former festival judge, actor and advocate, Quentin Kenihan. This year’s festival will pay tribute to former festival judge, actor and advocate, Quentin Kenihan.

By Emily Roberts

The Perfect Light Film Festival is full steam ahead after announcing two new celebrity guests, a tribute to former judge Quentin Kenihan, and the screening of an Oscar-nominated film.

The Perfect Light Film Festival was a hit during its first time to the city last year and organisers are excited about this year’s festival, which will get underway on November 30.

Festival director and actor Steve Bastoni said they have two new celebrity guests: Kestie Morassi, star of Wolf Creek, and Nathaniel Dean, who was recently in the city to film Locusts.

“Everything is going really well,” Steve said. “We have Leah Purcell who is the ‘top dog’ of TV show Wentworth and she is also a wonderful writer in her own right.

“Leah will be running the film symposium during the festival, which we are very excited about.”

Steve said they were able to secure a screening of Oscar nominated film ‘Jigra’.

“A coup for the festival is the screening of Australia’s entry for Best Foreign Film - Jirga.

“Director and writer Ben Gilmour will be here to host a Q and A on the film.”

The festival will also honour former judge Quentin Kenihan who died this month.

“We will have a minute of silence for Quentin,” Steve said.

“We want to recognise his impact on the industry.

“We were hoping he would be a judge again this year.

“It is very sad, he was a great advocate for people with disabilities.

“He was a battler and a fighter. He never gave up.”

With the festival in its second year, there is plenty more planned for the program. 

Popular local drag act, Shelita Buffet, will be performing at the Saturday event and festival organisers are also entering a float in the Christmas Pageant.

“We will have a surprise, a special guest appearing on the float,” Steve said.

“I think kids, most women, and even some men will get a kick out of it.

“We won’t be announcing it yet, as it will be a surprise.”

The Perfect Light Film Festival will be a free weekend filled with all things filmmaking and great entertainment. 

The main night of the festival will be Saturday, December 1 in Sturt Park.

A launch party will be given on the Friday night and a filmmaking symposium on the Sunday.

The party is on November 30 at the Silver City Cinema with a feature length movie plus drinks and nibbles.

Saturday, December 1 is the actual short film festival, which is free, and the entertainment begins at 6pm. The films will begin at 8pm.

More than 12 short-listed films will be screened and then judged live by top industry professionals with the winner receiving $1000 cash.

Second prize is $500 and third $250. There are additional prizes including a RUOK Emerging Filmmaker Award. 

This is open to any student 18 years and under, with a theme of RUOK and a prize of $500.

The Filmmaking Symposium on the Sunday at the Civic Centre is with leading film practitioners who will share their experiences, insider knowledge, tips and techniques from 10am to 3pm.

Steve was also very happy to gain local law firm Redenbach Lee Lawyers as their major sponsors.

For more information visit www.perfectlightfilmfestival.com.au where you will find the full program.

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