Brigalong Filmmaking Training & Film Festival a Success!
Last year the Victorian town of Brigalong (population 1,075) hosted its first ever film festival. In the weeks prior Open Channel delivered Filmmaker Training to a group of emerging filmmakers in the Brigalong region to generate local content for the Film Festival.
Open Channel conducted filmmaking workshops in the run-up to Brigalong’s first ever film festival. People aged 8 to 80 participated in the Silent Film workshop, for beginners, and a Short Documentary workshop; workshop films were screened in the festival. Brigalong Film Festival was presented by the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of Film Victoria) and supported by Open Channel.
After a tumultuous week of flooding, locals braved the cold then a power blackout, to attend the premiere screening of the films made during the festival’s Fast Filmmaking Challenge.
Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of Film Victoria) and supported by Open Channel, there were eight films showcased in the festival lineup that were created in the Open Channel workshops the week before; The Silent Filmmaking Workshop on the Saturday in which beginner participants created a story out of images and put them to music, and The Short Documentary Workshop on Sunday, in which advanced participants shot and edited an interview with a town character, finding twenty cutaways that added value to the story.
The festival drew together an eclectic bunch of filmmakers, mainly from Briagolong, but some had travelled from as far as Port Welshpool and Lake Narracan; amongst the mix were nine year-olds, university students, and retirees, filming on a wide range of devices from mobile phones through to video cameras. All filmmakers had to plan, prepare and shoot their films in a day, during which they encountered some rather unpredictable rain events and dramas such as included last minute interviewee changes. The results were fantastic – captivating the audience with a showcase of local scenery and characters.