SCONE Films is gearing up to present their sixth short film festival, Scone FilmFest 2014, this month.
Save the date – Saturday, September 13 – for a highly enjoyable and social evening of entertainment.
This isn’t just for movie buffs, there’s something for everyone in the diverse range of films screened.
Once again all the movies are Australian.
Some have been screened internationally and are award-winning films but all of them showcase the talents of independent Australian filmmakers.
The range of offerings includes animation, rural, urban and black and white.
As always, the strong program features many award-wining films that have screened around the world.
This year’s list includes films starring David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and the late Penne Hackforth-Jones.
Four of the directors and/or producers will attend FilmFest – and be able to talk to festival-goers about their stories.
Taylor Litton-Strain, the director and producer of two films being screened, will be in attendance.
“Driven is the first film I ever made and I’m still really proud of it,” she said.
“It’s really wonderful to be screening Driven at Scone FilmFest.
“It’s a simple modern story about family and struggling to do what’s right, which I think many people will be able to relate to and (hopefully) enjoy.”
Ms Litton-Strain’s other film, All God’s Creatures, has won six awards, including at Nashville in the United States.
“All God’s Creatures is a really lovely film featuring very good performances from two child actors,” said Margaret Pomeranz, from At the Movies, who judged it at a Sydney Film Festival this year, where it won Best Film and Best Direction.
Ms Litton-Strain added: “All God’s Creatures is one of the more recent films I have produced, but it’s going to be an interesting screening at the Scone FilmFest, pairing it with my first short Driven.
“While they are very different films, they do share some themes.
“Also, of course, both films hinge on the performances of some very talented young actors.
“Ed Oxenbould, who is now appearing in the Hollywood feature film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, stars in All God’s Creatures.
“I can’t wait to see what the Scone audience think.”
Another short film, Jump, has screened at festivals around Australia, the USA and at the renowned Cannes Film Festival in France.
“Jump is a story that celebrates difference,” director and writer Aimee Lee Curran said.
“It underscores the importance of family when pursuing your dreams.
“It is a story close to my heart that was largely inspired by my little brother, and it is to him that I dedicate the film.”
Maxx Corkindale, is co-producer of Welcome to Iron Knob, one of the films being screened.
It is set in a sleepy little town in South Australia.
It has won seven awards, including best of the Fest at Palm Springs, USA, and screened around Australia.
“Thanks for having us and showing our film to audiences we would never be able to reach,” Mr Corkindale said.
“We hope that the audience enjoy it.”
Delicious finger food and refreshments will be served before the films, and coffee and desserts afterwards.
Dress up in something glamorous, walk the red carpet and enjoy a fun and sociable evening at the movies with a real atmosphere.
Scone FilmFest 2014 takes place at the Senior Citizen’s Centre, Oxford Road, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.
Entry is $25 and tickets are available from Serendipity, Scone, and Eyecare Plus, Muswellbrook.
For further information, visit the website at www.sconefilms.org.au or phone 0428 508 326.
FILMFEST TREAT: A scene from All God’s Creatures, one of the selections at the upcoming Scone Films’ short film festival.
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