Reel Abrupt Film Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Reel Abrupt Film Festival 2018

The Reel Abrupt Film Festival anyone to participate by making a film within a week to a common theme. All films will be showcased at a public screening on 6 October 2018 in the Lismore CBD.

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We are providing a platform for any member of the community to produce a film and showcase it in front of an appreciative and supportive audience. People can get involved either individually or as a part of team.

Participants have one week to produce and submit their film after a common them is released on 26 September. We want people to the bold, innovative and creative. We aim to remove as many barriers as possible to access and participate in the event. We support participants during the festival by way of workshops for entrants on how to develop their story ideas, shoot and edit their films and other technical assistance.

The festival’s major focus is community engagement, inclusiveness, collaboration. cross-disciplinary projects and cultural diversity. We believe that everyone has the capacity to produce a unique and creative story. We want to provide a platform for community members to participate in a creative project.

In addition, we wanted to establish an event that celebrates participation over competition whilst also providing a platform that is accessible to both emerging and practicing film makers.

We want to establish a sustainable, annual fixture on Lismore’s burgeoning cultural scene. Donations will be used to keep ticket prices low, and to employ local creative industry experts. Donations will also be used to fund the production costs including hiring equipment and personnel to operate the equipment. Any left over money will go towards security and amenities for the screening.

The end result is an event that brings people to the CBD of Lismore to celebrate the creative potential of the community.

We believe everyone has a creative monster inside waiting to be released! The Reel Abrupt Film Festival wants everyone to get filmmaking between 8 and 16 September 2017.

In association with Lismore City Council, the Back Alley Gallery and the Loft Restaurant we will be filling Nesbitt lane in the Lismore CBD on 16 September 2017 with a celebration of collective community creativity, live music, local eats, a live scribble jam and most importantly… your films!

The festival is open to individuals, groups and projects combining artists of mixed disciplines.

To remove the fear factor for the amateurs and the uninitiated, we’re are running workshops during the festival to develop and hone your skills. For the practicing film makers, we throw down the challenge to put your skills to the test.

All participants receive a gift pack with products from local sponsors. A People’s Choice winner will receive a special prize of two gold passes to Mullum Music Festival, and Screenworks memberships and a dinner for two at our favourite little bar Augustines!

The festival is a community event designed to inspire creativity among the masses!

Be bold, be innovative, be active!


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