In partnership with NSW Mining, Cockatoo Island Film Festival has selected the Dubbo region to produce a 7 -10 minute short film, made in collaboration with students from local and nearby high schools. Students will participate both in front of and behind the camera
This unique program is aimed at students in Years Nine, Ten and Eleven, with schools able to put forward their students to take on different roles on the project. Each school can nominate students for writing, producing, directing, shooting, editing and music. Students from the school may also volunteer to star in front of the camera or work behind the scenes during the shoot. The filming will take place during the second week of the July school holidays, but from May onwards there will be education sessions held outside of school hours. The film will be creatively assisted through local talent coupled with high profile film industry mentors brought in from across NSW including John Alsop from the Australian Writers Guild, Ian Gilmour from the Australian Director’s Guild and Sarah Parsons from the Australian Theatre for Young People.
This program will provide the filmmaking tools plus professional mentors to guide the students through the filmmaking process and broaden their understanding of screen arts. The final film will premiere at the Dubbo Festival and the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.