• NSW Department of Education

Junior Filmmakers Secure Spot On Virtual Red Carpet

Student filmmakers from Tighes Hill Public School have made the director’s cut for the annual ‘Film By … Invitation’ film festival, which will screen during NSW Education Week in the first week of August.

Just 18 schools will be represented at the film festival, which due to COVID-19 restrictions is being held for the first time as a live stream event.

School communities across the state will have the chance to simultaneously watch the 'Film by ... Invitation' 2020 student film festival when it is streamed at midday on Wednesday 5 July, as part of Education Week celebrations.

The line-up for the best of Film by productions has been drawn from 15 film festivals involving more than 300 schools from west to Broken Hill, north to the Tweed and south to Merimbula.

Film by … is an initiative of NSW Education’s Arts Unit and is aimed at developing students’ and teachers’ filmmaking skills and encouraging them to share their stories. Award-winning Australian actor and Film by patron Bryan Brown said it was wonderful to see so many students making films.

“It gives us a chance to know what’s important to you,” he said.

“Film breaks down all the barriers and gives us a chance to understand we’re not very different from each other and if we’re not very different we can get to like each other a lot.”

Film by … organiser Glen Carter said the organisation was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year having started in 2010 with just one festival in southern Sydney.

“The virtual film festival is a wonderful chance for students to share their creativity with other students from across the state,” he said.

Mr Brown will select his festival winner, known as Bryan’s Pick Award, while school communities across NSW will have the chance to vote in the People’s Choice Award after the festival airs. Both winners will be announced at midday Friday 7 August.

For more information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/education-week

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