Success of local film festival celebrated
Wednesday, 30th January, 2013
By Emily Roberts
A member from the Australian Screen Industry Network (ASIN) is in the city to celebrate the success of the first season of the Summer Vibes Film Festival.
The nine-week festival, which began late last year, wrapped up over the weekend.
It was celebrated with a visit from Australia actor Tony Bonner and Business Development Manager of ASIN, Lynne Dalrymple, who travelled to Broken Hill to show her support for the fledgling festival.
Ms Dalrymple and the ASIN helped the festival by providing films and other resources.
"The festival was good. It was good for the first one," she said.
"I'm really glad I was able to put Tony Bonner in contact with the festival organisers and provide movies."
Ms Dalrymple, from Brisbane, said the film industry in Queensland was doing it tough and to be able to provide help to a community event was rewarding.
"The ASIN has been running for seven years. We get involved with community events and put different people together," she said.
She also said she was able to get people to donate books to raise funds.
"Not all the books were used for the film festival so we were able to put them towards the Aboriginal Art and Writing Project. This has been organised by the Warra Warra Legal Service.
"We will use the books to start fund raising."
Summer Vibe's committee chairman Jason King said the main reason for Ms Dalrymple's visit was to attend a fundraiser, which was cancelled.
But he is hoping to keep up the relationship for the next event.
"(ASIN) organised a lot of films and practically a lot of support. They gave us the confidence to go forward, as well as a couple of other local groups."
Mr King said they had good numbers at all of the film events, even on the last weekend.
"It was great. We were worried about the wind but we had 80- odd people stay for the film and two to three times that many people through the markets," he said.
"We had about 2,300 people come and attend throughout the nine weeks and about 440 stayed to watch the films. But most of the 2,000 people stayed in the Patton Street precinct when they might not have without the events.
"Some weekends the weather wasn't kind, but you can't help that."
Mr King said it wasn't just about the festival but also promoting the precinct.
He said they had also been able to grow the festival committee.
"I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who contributed, the committee and the sponsors."
Ms Dalrymple said the film festival was a "huge project" and the organisers will be able to learn from it.
"It was lovely to attend the events. It was my first time to Broken Hill and the Far West," she said.