Free Film Forum For Future Filmmakers

Free Film Forum For Future Filmmakers

As part of the 24/7 Film Festival happening throughout September, a Free Film and T.V Forum - “Tips 247-1and Tales from the Pros”, was presented at Warringah Mall Community Rooms (above the Library). It was a “must do” for anyone interested in a possible career in film-making or t.v, as prominent film-makers, actors and cameramen talk about their lives in the industry.

This year’s Forum featured Grant Page, Pieter de Vries ACS, Chris Sadrinna, Velinda Wardell and Wojciech Wawrzyniak. Grant is a renowned actor and stunt co-ordinator. His films include Mad Max 1 and III - BeyondThunderdome, Lighthorsemen, Stormboy, and The Tracker.  Pieter is one of Australia’s most experienced cameramen, with a career spanning over 30 years - with assignments in 60 countries and numerous awards and high praise for his documentary and drama cinematography. His credits include Australians at War, Sweat of the Sun - Tears of the Moon, and Submarines – Sharks of Steel.   Chris is a young actor with credits as lead role in the youth cult move Garage Days and guest roles in Australian dramas such as Blue Healers, All Saints, Heartbreak High, and Water Rats.    Velinda isa cinematographer who has worked on many short films and documentaries, while Wojciech is a film-maker who has made a number of award-winning short films.

The 24/7 Film Festival and the free Film Forum offers local youth a wonderful opportunity to gain skills in the Arts  industry, to perhaps go on to study and gain employment in the field.

A Cheap Nite at the Movies

The 24/7 Youth Film Festival culminates this weekend in what is expected to be a huge competition setting the challenge for young people under the age of 24 years to make a 7minute film or less in just 24 hours. 

Following the Success of last years 24/7 Youth Film Festival it is happening again.  Manly and Pittwater 247-2Council have jointly co-ordinated workshops and an industry forum in the past weeks to encourage the participation of young people in the wonderful world of film.  The competition is launched this Friday night the 24 September at Manly Youth Centre.  Teams of up to twelve people or less are invited to register, as well as individuals who are looking to be included in teams (in particular actors).  From 6pm  there will be entertainment provided, a music library for teams to pick unlicensed music for their film tracks, and an opportunity for teams to do last minute planning.  The secret items, catch phrases and northern beaches locations that teams must incorporate into their film will also be unveiled.  The teams then have until 7pm  the next evening to submit their films.   

“Last year we had ten teams enter which were all able to be showcased to a large audience in the finalist viewing.  This year, judging from the amount of enquiries and interest we are expecting no less than thirty entries, which means the preliminary judging is expected to be a difficult job for the co-ordinating team but the finalists will be of a very high quality,” said the film festival director Ross Brain from Manly Youth Council . 

The 24/7 Youth Film Festival is the only one of its kind in Sydney, and this year it is being supported by 247-3United Cinemas.  to screen the finalist films, with live judging from industry professionals, will be shown in the Grand Theatre at Warriewood Cinema this Sunday the 26 September at 8.30pm.  The entertainment will be cheap only a gold coin entry being requested. 

Lots of prizes are on offer which have been donated from many local business that include Miller Camera Support, Manly Warringah Community College, Eurocam, Rexel Video Systems, Newgency, Encore Magazine, Inside Film Magazine, Sustainability Youth Crew, Firkin Fine Foods and Spot Music.  

For more information, on the 24/7 Youth Film Festival contact Pittwater Council Community Services on 9970 1171 or Manly Youth Services 9977 5599 or email


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