Reel Abrupt Film Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Reel Abrupt Film Festival

The festival invites anyone to enter a film. Entrants are given a theme and one week to produce a film which will be showcased at a public event on 16 September in Nesbitt Lane 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.

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.

A theme will be released on 8 September 2017 and entries are due on Friday 15 September. Films will be showcased on 16 September 2017 at a public event in Nesbitt Lane in the Lismore CBD with live music from Bad pony, and a scribble jam brought to you by The Back Alley Gallery. All participants will receive a gift pack made up of products from local businesses, A special people’s choice award will be given to the most popular film on the night.

The festival’s major focus is community engagement, inclusiveness, collaboration. cross-disciplinary projects and cultural diversity. 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 will also build the capacity of participants to engage in creative projects through the practical workshops that will build capacity to participate in a creative project, and encourage participation. Participants will also develop new creative skills in a real world environment.

We believe that the area as the people to make mini masterpieces, but they are lacking the platforms to do so. We are seeking help to make the festival into a sustainable, annual event that proudly displays all the colour, poetry and grime that makes the Northern Rivers of NSW and beyond so unique.

Donations will be used to pay for workshops for participants to build their capacity to get involved in creative projects. They 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 festival is for anyone to make or help with a creative project, and to see their work screened as part of a vibrant, community focused celebration. The workshops can be enjoyed by any participant and will help expand on the community arts scene in Lismore. Furthermore, the festival provides a public event for members of the community to enjoy in a comfortable and family friendly atmosphere.

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We are really excited to see YOUR films!!

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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