Kids filmmaking skill on display
Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
By Emily Ferguson
The Film by the Far West Festival is back again for a second year, coming to Broken Hill and the Silver City Cinema, with three local schools involved.
Broken Hill North Public school teacher and coordinator of the festival Rachel Harvey said it’s great to have more schools involved this year with Broken Hill Public School and School of the Air joining in on the filmmaking fun.
The Far West festival has stemmed from the original festival in Sydney; the Film by the Sea, has grown into twenty film festivals across NSW.
The three schools combined have created ten films to show at the festival and there are eight films which come from the Film by the Sea Festival, based in Sydney.
Some themes featured in the films include fairy tales from the younger students and range to things like mental health and bullying in the more senior years.
Mrs Harvey said the film festival also allows for a diverse way of implementing required areas of the course curriculum.
“Film is a great way to cover the curriculum, you can teach writing and storytelling, digital literacy and technology, creative and practical arts and science, maths and PDHPE,” she said.
“In this second year the kids are enjoying having more opportunity to edit and add special effects and music,” she said.
“Their skills have definitely improved in the past year.
“It’s so nice to be in a town like Broken Hill and be able to call on some local film professionals for advice.”
Mrs Harvey is hoping that the festival will be even bigger and better next year, with Wilcannia already wanting to take part next year.
She encouraged all local schools to get involved.
“I would love to see a few more schools jump onboard next year, it’s such a diverse way to learn.”
Three films from the Film by the Far West Festival will be shown at the Perfect Light Film Festival this evening in the Sturt Park.
WHAT: Film by the Far West Festival
WHEN: Tuesday November 5, 6pm
WHERE: Silver City Cinema