The Janison Short Sharp Film Festival: Mark George talks.
Photo: Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advocate.
The Janison Short Sharp Film Festival: Mark George talks. Photo: Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advocate. Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advoc

Short film festival cancelled

A CHANGING landscape in the film festival scene has resulted in the indefinite cancellation of Coffs Harbour's Short Sharp Film Festival.

After a decade of developing and screening curated film festivals to local audiences, the festival's committee this week announced its decision to call it a day.

Festival director Mark George said factors included changes to the short film festival landscape over the last 10 years

"An exponential increase in the number of events being held, and the emergence of a variety of online film options has resulted in this decision," he said.

"We really wanted to finish while we were at the top of our game."

The festival was established in 2006 by Christina Hyde as part of her role with Screenworks - the Mid North Coast's film office.

The festival has encouraged local film production, held workshops and in 2010 expanded its program to include international films.

As an incorporated association, remaining assets will go to the like-minded organisation, The Con, for the completion of its performance space.

The committee thanked the generosity of event supporters including Janison, Coffs Harbour City Council, AIE and The Con.

They also thanked contributions from local schools, SCU, and film-makers.



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