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Record entries for film festival

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

Perfect Light Film Festival producer Meg Pascoe and director Steve Bastoni in the city yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Perfect Light Film Festival producer Meg Pascoe and director Steve Bastoni in the city yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The AGL Perfect Light Film Festival is coming back to Broken Hill on the first weekend in November. 

Festival director Steve Bastoni and festival producer Meg Pascoe were in the city yesterday to get things started.

The pair were very excited to be bringing it back and said that it had attracted a record number of entries, and some great things were in store. 

“As per previous years, we are screening about twenty of Australia’s finest short films,” said Steve.

“We’ve got some amazing content, including on Friday night at the Silver City Cinema we’re going to be screening ‘When the River Runs Dry’ to kick it off, which is a documentary on the Murray-Darling River through Wilcannia, with some great local characters involved,” he said. 

“That will be followed by an Australian documentary ‘SUZI Q’ on Suzi Quatro who is like the original black leather-clad rocker chick.

“On the Saturday we kick off with a panel of three celebrity judges and this year we’ve got Baz du Bois from The Living Room, Rhanna Collins from NITV and we’ve got Firass Dirani, everyone’s favourite from House Husbands, and he’s now doing Dirty Dancing on 7, so they’re going to live-judge twelve finalists.” 

They will also showcase some films by Broken Hill’s primary school students.

“We’ll have a lot of local content which will be really fun,” Steve said.

“We’ve also got some great twilight community market stalls around the edges which will give people access to food and drinks and cookies and brownies and all kinds of wonderful market stuff.

“We’re really excited and we’ve got a special guest performing live before the screening, which we are yet to announce, and we’re really looking forward to it this year. “

The deadline to submit films is not until October 4 so there is still time to enter via the Perfect Light Film Festival website. 

The festival has also partnered with the Broken Hill Art Exchange and they’re going to be announcing the winners of their Equinox at the outdoor screenings in Sturt Park. 

There will also be a free filmmaking symposium on Sunday at the Civic Centre which is supported by Foundation Broken Hill and R U OK. 

The past two Perfect Light Film Festivals have been held on the same weekend as the local Christmas Pageant but this year it has been moved to a different weekend, which the organisers said was so the festival could be a standalone event. 

The AGL Perfect Light Film Festival is also free. 

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