Cockatoo Island Film Festival 2012 image: Cockatoo Island web site
Cockatoo Island's transformation from convict prison to military maritime shipyard to cultural art space has been quite a journey. The island hosted a large selection of contemporary art in the 18th Biennale of Sydney and is a fitting venue to host its conclusion with the bright, fun lights of the 2012 Film Festival of international standards.
My heart exploded when I heard about the festival. I love seeing Sydney continually recognised as a world class stage. Being a born and bred city girl, I have watched her grow into her own over the years waiting for her to shine in all her glory. This event is certainly another pinnacle for her. Cockatoo Island floats in a glorious watery playground for all who care to take advantage of her. Sydney Harbour - Cannes is so passe now.
Historic Cockatoo Island will be swooped upon by Australian and International celebrities, filmmakers, 1,000 patrons and an expected 15,000 people attending over 5 days of grand festivities. Including red carpet events, glitzy parties and live music performed by our best. Yacht races and regattas will be held on the harbour in celebration of the festival, attracting hoards of people on the foreshore.
This electrifying event will feature Australia's largest competitive film program, showcasing foreign and local film productions.
Six cinemas will be temporarily erected to screen over 300 films. Viewing 100 international and 200 Australian films from full length feature films, short films, documentaries, television and more. Including world premieres, classic cinema, family friendly flicks and low budget indie films. See clever and creative examples of very low budget Credit Card Flicks.
Programs for children and families are included as well as comprehensive education programs, forums, master classes and panel discussions are also on offer. The diversity is broad.
Let you hair down with the fun midnight screenings of eclectic and edgy films. They will be raucous and loud; neighbours won't complain, because there aren't any.
The competitive film program categories are modelled from Utah's Sundance Film Festival and include Australian documentary and narrative, world documentary and narrative competitions.
Check Cockatoo Island Film Festival's website for information updates regularly.