Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 00:00

It's almost here! Blue Heeler Film Festival

The short film entries are in, the movie choices are finalised, and the judges are putting a whole lot of popcorn in their faces. The final countdown to the 2016 Blue Heeler Film Festival has begun!

Our three judges are viewing the short film entries in all categories this week. Annette Huber from Screen Hunter, Tropfest New York winner Shane Emmett, and feature filmmaker (and film making workshop provider) Davo Hardy are all enjoying the creative contributions on offer, deciding which filmmakers will receive the Blue Heeler prize packages and making the big call on who will win the coveted Bluey Award in 2016.

This year the festival begins its first event 5:30 pm Friday 23 September at Highbrook Park with the screening of the short film entries in all categories, followed by a special screening of three short films by Shane Emmett, including his winning film from Tropfest New York in 2008. This is an alcohol free event. You can bring blankets and chairs, but please leave the pets at home. Once all short films have screened, you can start your voting for the highly competitive People’s Choice award!

The second and final Blue Heeler Film Festival event will be the red carpet awards night on the evening of Saturday 24 September at Two Rivers Winery from 5.30 pm. Find out who will walk away with the category prizes, who is this year’s People’s Choice, and which local filmmaker wins the Bluey. Winning films in all categories will be screened after the awards, followed by the special feature film preview screening of Hunting for Shadows, written and directed by Davo Hardy and starring Sage Amethyst Matchett, Sage Godrei, and Paul Mercurio.

Both events will also feature live entertainment and food for sale by local groups. Coffee, tea and and hot chocolate will be available on both nights from LA Café Coffee 2 You.

Children under 15 will need to be accompanied by an adult to both events as some of the short and feature films are classified M.

Muswellbrook Shire Council would like to thank Bengalla Mining Company, Regional Australia Bank, Harvey Norman Muswellbrook, Two Rivers Wines, Muswellbrook Chronicle and Power FM/2NM for their support of this event.

For more information please ask a question on the BHFF Facebook page, or speak to the event coordinator Casey, who can be found at the Visitor Information Centre or called on 0417 014 891.

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