Festival to sift out the best

FILM makers will have to strain their ideas through a sieve this year if they hope to win prizes at the 2009 Janison Short Sharp Film Festival.

The signature item for this year's festival on July 11 is a colander, which means films must contain this item in either visual or verbal form.

Entries are now open in the short film festival, which this year offers a $2000 cash first prize for the Open section and $500 first prizes for Senior High School, Junior High School and Primary School sections.

The Short Sharp is an annual event to showcase the work of film makers and aspiring film makers and for members of the public to enjoy their creative talents.

Festival chair Christina Hyde said with 390 people attending last year's screening, they were looking forward to this year's festival.

Entries close on May 15.

This year there are two new sections - junior high school for Years 7-10 and senior high school for Years 11 and 12.

Year 12 films from 2008 are eligible for this year's festival.

With Janison the major sponsor of the event, this year Coffs Harbour City Council is also a sponsor of the festival and festival films will be screened at Coffs Harbour's Jetty Theatre.

Organisers said they hoped this would mean that most films entered would be able to be screened during the festival, not just the winning entries.

Inquiries contact Christina Hyde 0412 016 870 or see www.shortsharpfilmfest.com.



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