Sound and vision: Backyard Cinema film festival coming to Civic Park
 Baw Baw News   By // 15:28, Friday 1 February 2013

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A SHORT film festival with live music aimed at Gippsland youth will run for the first time later this month in Warragul’s Civic Park.


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Backyard Cinema has invited filmmakers aged between 18 and 25 who are connected to Gippsland to submit films, offering two cash prizes for films voted as the best.

The all-ages outdoor screening will be open to everyone, with live music by local artists and ten films being shown on Saturday 16 February.

The project is the brainchild of Gippsland youth Ele Mason-Sakkas and Sarah Guganovic. Ms Mason-Sakks told The Warragul Citizen the event is designed to showcase local talent.

“Through the event, we hope to support young artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work publicly within a community,” Ms Mason-Sakkas said.


“The festival will also provide cash prizes that we hope will support artistic development and growth.

“Currently, we are calling for short film entries to be screened at this festival. Ten films will be screened, and two will win cash prizes of $500 or $200.

The competition has been designed to be as open as possible.

“In regards to what kind of films can be submitted, it is pretty open! Films can be any style, including music videos, and must not exceed 15 minutes in length.”

“Criteria for judging does emphasise a local focus, but is not restricted to it.

“Local footage and Gippsland references will be smiled upon, but the works don’t have to be ‘about’ Gippsland.

Ten shortlisted films will be screened on the night, after which the two winners will be announced.

“All age groups are welcome to attend the event. It’s an outdoor festival, so we’re encouraging everybody to bring along picnic blankets and picnics.”


The project received funding through a nine-day Regional Arts Victoria workshop.

“We were required to develop an idea for an event, and then pitch the concept to a panel of industry professionals.

“Together with Sarah Guganovic we (sic) came up with the idea for Backyard Cinema.

“We ended up being the winners of the Bridget Lloyed-Jones Memorial Prize as part of the program, which provided us with seed funding for the project to take place.

If you have a last-minute submission you can contact Backyard Cinema at Submissions close today, so if you have something to send in get in quick!

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