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Getting creative in the capital
Go behind the scenes of the Canberra Short Film Festival and discover
the resources locals have available to help them make shorts.
Canberra is many different things to
many different people. And, while
it might not be seen as the film capital
of the world, the growth in popularity of
film festivals and local people entering
them is flourishing here.
Brianna O'Donohue from SilverSun
Pictures, the local production company
who are running the Canberra Short Film
Festival (CSFF), said the festival had
received a lot of support from both local
and international sponsors, confirming
the growth of the event and validating
the move a number of years back from its
original screening venue at the National
Museum of Australia to Dendy Cinemas
in the city.
Dendy Cinemas, who Brianna said
have been supportive of the festival right
from the start, make the festival more
accessible to an audience and give viewers
a 'real cinema' experience.
"There's a lot of respect out there in the
community for the Canberra Short Film
Festival now, and it's more prominent
than ever before as an event on the
Canberra calendar. Especially now that
it's held at Dendy, it has a lot of media
presence," she said.
Short film festivals are known as an
avenue for filmmakers with feature
aspirations to help learn and hone the
skills of their craft. Entrants into the
festival vary greatly, from first-timers
to people who enter annually, and
submissions cover everything from 2D
and 3D animation to dramas, horrors,
comedy, arthouse and action films.
The success that can come from
the festival is encouraging news for
aspiring directors, producers, actors,
cinematographers and those involved in
the production of creating a film.
Past CSFF winner Christopher
Johnson, who won the 2007 National
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