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Gift of rain and films

Monday, 4th November, 2019

Barry Du Bois and Festival director Steve Bastoni had a good laugh on stage during the judging panel reveal. PICTURE: Myles Burt Barry Du Bois and Festival director Steve Bastoni had a good laugh on stage during the judging panel reveal. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The weather turned around just in time to produce a beautiful experience for attendees at the Perfect Light Film Festival. 

Locals were treated to 12 short films created by talented filmmakers across the country, with ‘Pub_Talk’ by Jake Taylor taking out first prize. 

Locals Annette Herd and Jason King came second with their film ‘Flawed’, followed by Melbourne filmmaker Tom Vogel in third place with his film ‘One Second’. 

Other short films were screen earlier for the RUOK Emerging Filmmaker Award and International Award category.

School of the Air and Broken Hill North Public School showcased their own films at the event. 

The festival was treated with special guest judges The Living Room’s Barry Du Bois, NITV Executive Editor and journalist Rhanna Collins along with House Husbands and Underbelly star Firass Dirani making up the panel.

Ms Collins and Mr Dirani said it was a hard task for the judging trio to pick a winner with the festival offering so many quality films.

“I really enjoyed the storytelling and just some of the crafty ideas, like the Ghoul,” Mr Dirani said.

“I was surprised by the talent to tell you the truth, there were some great films.”

“The quality of production was really high and that was quite impressive,” Ms Collins said.

“There was some amazing storytelling and just simple and effective ways of drawing the audience in, it was really challenging to pick the winner.”

Both very much enjoyed their time in the Silver City, with the trip being Mr Dirani’s first time visiting the town. 

Ms Collins has been to the Far West multiple times before, having broadcast content on the challenges around the Murray Darling Basin and the Baaka (Darling River) for NITV. 

Embracing the people, Mr Dirani and Ms Collins said they felt like everyone’s best friend when meeting locals at the festival and around town.

“I came in feeling really comfortable and at home here, the community really just draws you in and are so welcoming,” Ms Collins said.

“Even after the film festival we just did a little drive to look at the stars a little bit out of town which was just beautiful.”

Overall, the pair really enjoyed the Perfect Light Film Festival, with the whole experience being incredibly positive.

“It was intimate, it was close, well organised, great films, yeah I really had a great weekend,” Mr Dirani said.

“Who could ask for anything better really,” Ms Collins said.

Festival Producer Meg Pascoe said herself, Festival Director Steve Bastoni and the crew were over the moon with the local turnout on the night. 

Ms Pascoe said it’s been the best turnout the festival has had, and were amazed with the beautiful weather they were gifted just in time for the Sturt Park screening.

“We felt like we still brought the rain to Broken Hill, but we were able to deliver an amazing festival as well,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Great to see people embracing the festival, becoming part of it and really taking some sort of ownership in the festival as well and really wanting to see it flourish.

“I think just having the market stalls and food stalls lining the periphery of the event gave it a really good atmosphere, and obviously the short films and the community coming out to support it.”

Ms Pascoe said she’s received a lot of fantastic feedback from their finalists, who will all be getting ready to prepare their next short film entries for the festival. 

She said they were very thankful that three finalists drove up just to see their work screened at the festival.

“That was magnificent because usually it’s really hard to get them to be able to make the time to come along, so it was great to see them there.”

 

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By Myles Burt

 

The weather turned around just in time to produce a beautiful experience for attendees at the Perfect Light Film Festival. 

Locals were treated to 12 short films created by talented filmmakers across the country, with ‘Pub_Talk’ by Jake Taylor taking out first prize. 

Locals Annette Herd and Jason King came second with their film ‘Flawed’, followed by Melbourne filmmaker Tom Vogel in third place with his film ‘One Second’. 

Other short films were screen earlier for the RUOK Emerging Filmmaker Award and International Award category.

School of the Air and Broken Hill North Public School showcased their own films at the event. 

The festival was treated with special guest judges The Living Room’s Barry Du Bois, NITV Executive Editor and journalist Rhanna Collins along with House Husbands and Underbelly star Firass Dirani making up the panel.

Ms Collins and Mr Dirani said it was a hard task for the judging trio to pick a winner with the festival offering so many quality films.

“I really enjoyed the storytelling and just some of the crafty ideas, like the Ghoul,” Mr Dirani said.

“I was surprised by the talent to tell you the truth, there were some great films.”

“The quality of production was really high and that was quite impressive,” Ms Collins said.

“There was some amazing storytelling and just simple and effective ways of drawing the audience in, it was really challenging to pick the winner.”

Both very much enjoyed their time in the Silver City, with the trip being Mr Dirani’s first time visiting the town. 

Ms Collins has been to the Far West multiple times before, having broadcast content on the challenges around the Murray Darling Basin and the Baaka (Darling River) for NITV. 

Embracing the people, Mr Dirani and Ms Collins said they felt like everyone’s best friend when meeting locals at the festival and around town.

“I came in feeling really comfortable and at home here, the community really just draws you in and are so welcoming,” Ms Collins said.

“Even after the film festival we just did a little drive to look at the stars a little bit out of town which was just beautiful.”

Overall, the pair really enjoyed the Perfect Light Film Festival, with the whole experience being incredibly positive.

“It was intimate, it was close, well organised, great films, yeah I really had a great weekend,” Mr Dirani said.

“Who could ask for anything better really,” Ms Collins said.

Festival Producer Meg Pascoe said herself, Festival Director Steve Bastoni and the crew were over the moon with the local turnout on the night. 

Ms Pascoe said it’s been the best turnout the festival has had, and were amazed with the beautiful weather they were gifted just in time for the Sturt Park screening.

“We felt like we still brought the rain to Broken Hill, but we were able to deliver an amazing festival as well,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Great to see people embracing the festival, becoming part of it and really taking some sort of ownership in the festival as well and really wanting to see it flourish.

“I think just having the market stalls and food stalls lining the periphery of the event gave it a really good atmosphere, and obviously the short films and the community coming out to support it.”

Ms Pascoe said she’s received a lot of fantastic feedback from their finalists, who will all be getting ready to prepare their next short film entries for the festival. 

She said they were very thankful that three finalists drove up just to see their work screened at the festival.

“That was magnificent because usually it’s really hard to get them to be able to make the time to come along, so it was great to see them there.”

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