On July 28 this year, the home of the Big Banana will play host the annual Janison Short Sharp Film Festival. Now in its sixth year, the Festival is made up of films all running eight minutes or less. The main events of the night are the Open category - or Sharpies - for those eighteen years and over, and the Animation category, which was created after the success of the animations in the 2010 Festival. There is also the Young Guns category for those fourteen to eighteen years old.
The aim of the Short Sharp Film Festival is to support existing and budding local film makers and develop a screen culture for the Coffs Coast region. Movie-makers get the opportunity to showcase their talent, while simultaneously gaining experience and exposure to new markets. There is also over $6,000 worth of prizes on offer, including a first prize in the Sharpies category of $2000, along with $1000 for the winner of the Animation category and $500 for the top Young Gun.
Entries for the Janison Short Sharp Film Festival come from around Australia and cover a range of genres. This year, the Festival has received 83 entries. The 24 finalists will be announced soon, but to get a taste of the type of show that will be on offer, head to the Festival's YouTube page.
The Festival will be held at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, on the corner of Edinburgh Street and Harbour Drive. The screening begins at 7pm and should attract over 500 people.
For more information, you can visit the Janison Short Sharp Film Festival website here or the Facebook page here.