8 June 2015
As the 2015 Briagolong Film Festival drew to a close with The Babadook last night, we just want to say a huge:
Your support has been overwhelming – so many people turned up for the Saturday night Short Film Festival that we pulled every bench seat, every spare chair from every hidden corner, just to fit you in. Even then, there were a few who decided to come back and watch the repeat session on Sunday morning – a few of you even decided to have another look.
In the next week or so we will give a proper round-up – and will announce the festival friends prize winner. But, for now, there are a few people we should thank for their contribution to the festival’s fantastic success:
Rachael Lucas, for her stewardship of the Short Film Festival: as everyone commented, it just keeps getting better and better and the talent pool is incredible. Everything from raving ravens to local heroes and plenty of gorgeous Gippsland scenery in between.
The Hall Committee, supporters and Film Festival Coordinator, Annette Short. (it’s OK – she’s not writing this!) without whose perseverance we would not have an ongoing festival. You’ve all done the town proud. When you have recovered, let’s talk about 2016. . .
Neil Sandison for ensuring the new (permanent) projector was ready. He’s a hard man to find any spare time now that he’s ‘gone East’ but we are very grateful for his technical expertise.
Film Victoria, Wellington Shire Council and ExxonMobil for their fantastic support, without which we wouldn’t have slept so easily these past few nights. It was a great helping hand to make sure we could bring the best standard of festival to you.
And last, but most importantly: you – all the wonderful supporters, film buffs, local and visiting, who made the festival what it is – a wonderful celebration of community and sharing a love of film.
Let the credits roll. We’ll be back next year.
And to read a wonderful review wrap-up of the Short Film section of the festival, check out this post from Cinematic Randomness
The show must go on
You know the showbiz saying?
Briagolong Film Festival 2015 is celebrating its 11th year by announcing its new life as a completely community-run event, running from 8pm Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June with the final film starting at 8pm – and it’s a terrific (and terrifying) choice!
This year, not only do we bring a fantastic program to run from Friday 5 June through to Sunday 7 June, but we also offer the region’s leading short-film showcase for new Gippsland filmmakers.
If that’s not enough to have you on the edge of your seats, anyone who signs up as one of our supporters goes into the draw for a fab festival prize.
We’re calling them BFFFs – Briagolong Film Festival Friends. So if you’d like to be one of our BFFFs, head on up to the Friends page tab to sign up and receive our updates about the program, and Like Us on Facebook (if you have time for such distractions!) Keep your eyes peeled for our updates.
The festival, which attracts hundreds of keen filmgoers every year, was previously supported by the wonderful National Film and Sound Archive as part of their Big Screen roadshow. Unfortunately, that program ended when Federal funding was cut last year.
Undaunted, the Briagolong Film Festival group didn’t want to disappoint local fans and we steamed ahead, hoping our loyal fans will come out in droves to get their tickets at the festival. To cap off a brilliant start, we have just found out that Film Victoria, Wellington Shire Council and ExxonMobile have stepped in with some much-appreciated support. Thanks guys!
We are hoping to grow the festival into a self-sustaining event, where we won’t need to ask for grants – so please come along and help us create a solid future for the Briagolong Film Festival.