The North West Film Festival took place on the 18th and 19th of September at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara, New South Wales. The purpose of the festival was to encourage people to tell their own stories as individuals, groups, or communities. A film submitted by students and made by community involvement must have had the majority of its creative decisions made by school or TAFE students.
I went as a guest judge, ran a music video workshop for a song called Stalker by Party at Drakes (watch it here) and had a generally fantastic time.
Thanks to Stephanie Marshall for the invite, Sandy McNaughton for her hospitality and for holding the event in her beautiful Roxy Theatre and to Jamie Marshall for picking us up at the airport.
Fellow judges were Eleanor Winkler and Alison Richardson (Producers of Be My Brother, Winning Film at Tropfest 2009), and Simon Portus (Director of short film Tomorrow which recently debuted at the Berlin Film Festival.)
It's like the Miss Universe of film festival judges.
Haha, check out the kid with his arms around his knees. He's scared.
Eleanor got interviewed. She's more famous than me.
North West ultimate victor - Ian McKay, whose film Loss won First Place.
Your certificate is upside down!
Moments before the drinking began...