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:: Spotlight :: 2009 Filmfest@Falls

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Now in it’s sixth electrifying year, the annual filmfest@falls is a unique, three-day event that spans the Queen’s Birthday Weekend (June 5-7, 2009) amidst the beautiful scenery of Falls Creek. The Festival, which is hosted by Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management, also marks the launch of the ski season in Falls Creek with an après ski opening night celebration and concludes with the sixth, annual Snow Dome Awards.

Known as the ‘filmmakers festival’ and founded by the event’s long-standing Director, Sally Hussey, filmfest@falls celebrates the quality and creative integrity of the Australian film industry, by showcasing the industry’s newest talent alongside a vibrant mix of landmark retrospectives, screenings and cultural programs. Fireside chats with industry luminaries, provide an intimate forum for emerging cinematic artists to introduce their work to key industry decision makers.

Highlights of the 2009 program include:
6th Annual shorts@falls Short Film Competition
Vying for over $90,000 in prizes including an unprecedented $50,000 prize for a celluloid creation on 16mm, sponsored by Deluxe and Kodak, shorts@falls showcases a quality program of shorts that reflect creative integrity and originality. Prizes are awarded by an independent jury of industry professionals and include Awards for Best Director, Best Script, Special Jury Recognition, and new for 2009, Craft Awards for Sound and Cinematography.

Falls Retrospective
In our annual series of landmark retrospectives, filmfest@falls honours internationally acclaimed auteur filmmaker Paul Cox. Australia’s most significant cinematic visionary, Cox’s prolific output – both in Australia and overseas – is the focus of our 2009 retrospective. filmfest@falls pays tribute to Cox’s independent vision through a selected screening of his features, documentary and children’s films as well as experimental short works, which will include Lonely Hearts, Human Touch, Nijinsky and Secret Life of Trees.

Script in the Raw
Teacher Boy, the new screenplay from the multi-talented Shaun Micallef, will be the focus of this year’s live script read.

International Programs
As part of our 2009 line-up, we’re delighted to showcase two distinct international programs that celebrate the historic spectrum of cinema. From the sensory experimental works celebrated in the tenth anniversary of the Paris-based experimental collective Collectif-Jeune Cinema CJC, to the world’s leading cutting-edge short film label, Future Shorts, filmfest@falls presents an exclusive curated program of recent European short work, extending the theatrical platform of short film.

Tickets for filmfest@falls will be available, closer to the event, via the Festival’s website
2009 ticket prices:
Weekend Pass: $35.00 ($25.00 concession)
Individual Session Tickets: $15.00 ($10.00 concession)

For more information, visit

www.fallscreek.com.au/FilmFestival