Following the success of last year’s event, the Far South Film Festival will be returning to the South Coast in August 2021, showcasing and celebrating regional and remote filmmakers from across the country. Held in Merimbula, this year’s festival will be a hybrid of sorts, with all the excitement of a live event whilst a video-on-demand version will be streamed to an Australia-wide audience online.
The Festival is produced by Far South Film Inc, a non-profit incorporated association of professional and emerging filmmakers and digital creatives living in South East regional NSW. It invites filmmakers from regional and remote areas across Australia to submit short films that reflect the people, environment and issues that matter to them and their area. To be eligible, films must be under 40 minutes in length and at least two of the key creatives (director, writer, producer etc.) must reside in a regional area of Australia.
The festival program will include an opening party, two days of film screenings including a youth film session, Q & A sessions with guest filmmakers and a live awards ceremony. The major prize will be $1000 for Best Film and there are a range of other prizes for different categories, including Best Director, Best Performance, Best Use of a Regional Setting and Best Youth Film.
Final submissions for the festival closed on Monday 17 May and entries are now being sorted ahead of the festival itself which will be held from 20 to 22 August in Merimbula. To find out more about the Far South Film Festival, visit their website at www.farsouthfilmfestival.com