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Cockatoo Island Film Festival 2012

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We don't give a Cannes, we have Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island Film Festival explodes into action as the celebration finale to the 18th Biennale of Sydney as it closes for another two years. This will be a Cockatoo Island first.
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.
Cockatoo Island - Sydney's jewel in her crown. image

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.
Glamping on Cockatoo Island, imagine waking up to this in a tent! So Australian! image:

Perch yourself in amongst all this glitz and glamour with grabbing a ticket to go 'glamping' on the island. It's the world's first urban campground.Festival Tickets and Glamping (glamorous camping) packages go on sale on 12th August. Spaces are limited so 'fly' in fast.

Tickets go on sale on August 12th

Cockatoo Island location. image

Cockatoo Island is just a short 10 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay or other inner harbour wharfs. Information on how to get there, visit Cockatoo's website.

Everyone join in the fun and celebrations for this first for our beloved Cockatoo Island.

If only the original convicts could see her now, they would be rattling their chains in glee.

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Why? To celebrate our magnificent city's cultural events!
When: October 24-28th 2012
Phone: nil - contact website
Where: Cockatoo Island , on Sydney Harbour
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