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New deal for filmmakers

Monday, 7th April, 2008

For budding young filmmakers, Broken Hill is the Reel Deal this year. The Reel Deal Short Film Festival is an initiative of the Bankstown City Council and has been running for a number of years. It invites young filmmakers to create short films with a different theme required each year.

In previous festivals the themes have required filmmakers to include certain Bankstown locations in their work. Owing to the Bankstown and Broken Hill's Sister City relationship, this year's festival has been expanded to include Broken Hill as a filming location.

This year filmmakers need to include some form of "embrace" in their finished work.

City Council's Tourism Manager, Fiona Ellis, said Council was subsidising accommodation for film crews that selected Broken Hill as their location, and CountryLink would provide transport. Actor Bryan Brown, patron of the festival, has a warm spot for Broken Hill, she said, as he had filmed in the city a number of times.

As well as $20,000 in prizes, Mr Brown will give away a $5,000 scholarship to the filmmaker he deems to have the most potential. Ms Ellis said there were many benefits to the city's involvement in the festival, as the dozen finalists' work will be screened in the city.

"We hope to get some of the finalists to come out afterwards and talk to high school kids about filmmaking," she said. "As this is the first one here we thought we'd test the waters and work on having some local filmmakers involved in 2009."

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