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Preparations are well and truly underway for the third Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) from October 25 to 28. In fact, a lot of the\n ‘heavy lifting’, so to speak, as far as judging the short films goes, concluded many months ago with volunteer film fanatics and lovers\n glued to their laptops pondering, procrastinating, and carefully considering 63 short-listed, short films that landed in the NIFF curator’s\n inboxes from all over the world. Scores were allocated in several categories by blearyeyed judges, including cinematography, male\n and female performances, direction and editing and the winning short films will screen at the NIFF 2018 Short Film Awards Show on Saturday\n night at The J

\n

Noosa. Official Selection shorts will screen with multiple sessions across the weekend at The J Noosa, Eumundi School of Arts and Noosa’s\n Land & Sea Brewery, with organisers promising themed sessions on women and film, the environment, real stories, thriller and comedy.

\n

NIFF’s Inside Cinema program of industry workshops, networking and panel discussions kick off at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas on Thursday\n 25 OCtober with a ride into the dark heart of Australia with the festival’s first feature film screening, Terror Nullius, an Australian political\n revenge fable in three acts with panel discussion by moderator Amanda Slack-Smith, artistic director of BIFF2018 and A/curatorial manager\n of the Australian Cinémathèque; in discussion with Academy Award-winning cinematographer and festival patron, John Seale and Australian film\n director, Heath Davis. Terror Nullius is part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, featuring film samples and remixes of\n some of the most iconic characters, moments and imagery from Australian cinema. Then delve into the life and work of Academy Award-nominated\n film editor Jill Bilcock for a Q&A and screening of Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible. 

\n

Friday night, or dust off the tuxedo, walk the NIFF blue carpet and mingle with industry and special guests before the lights dim for opening\n night, the Queensland premiere of Australian feature film Book Week. This shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned\n English teacher trying to find redemption sold out with rave reviews for its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film\n Festival. 

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Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Heath Davis, who based the film on his own experiences as a teacher. 

\n

Don't miss local Gail Hewton's short film In a Different Space which was filmed in Noosa and captures the stories of elders aged 60\n to 101 dancing their stories in places of significance to them. 

\n

From Thursday evening through to Sunday, there’s sure to be something for all film lovers with an appetite for exceptional cinema, culminating\n in a feature documentary on 28 October in Eumundi of a US production, Living In the Future’s Past - a beautifully photographed tour\n de force of original thinking on who we are, and the environmental challenges we face, presented by actor Jeff Bridges. Immerse\n yourself in screen stories.

\n

Be challenged, be inspired, and laugh your head off.

\n

Tickets at www.niff.com.au.

\n

 

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Cinema Paradiso

Sure, the festivals in Cannes and Sundance might be glamourous, however what Noosa lacks in star-power is more than compensated for with a quality arsenal of world-class films. John Caruso discovers what’s planned when the blue carpet rolls out in spring.

Preparations are well and truly underway for the third Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) from October 25 to 28. In fact, a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’, so to speak, as far as judging the short films goes, concluded many months ago with volunteer film fanatics and lovers glued to their laptops pondering, procrastinating, and carefully considering 63 short-listed, short films that landed in the NIFF curator’s inboxes from all over the world. Scores were allocated in several categories by blearyeyed judges, including cinematography, male and female performances, direction and editing and the winning short films will screen at the NIFF 2018 Short Film Awards Show on Saturday night at The J

Noosa. Official Selection shorts will screen with multiple sessions across the weekend at The J Noosa, Eumundi School of Arts and Noosa’s Land & Sea Brewery, with organisers promising themed sessions on women and film, the environment, real stories, thriller and comedy.

NIFF’s Inside Cinema program of industry workshops, networking and panel discussions kick off at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas on Thursday 25 OCtober with a ride into the dark heart of Australia with the festival’s first feature film screening, Terror Nullius, an Australian political revenge fable in three acts with panel discussion by moderator Amanda Slack-Smith, artistic director of BIFF2018 and A/curatorial manager of the Australian Cinémathèque; in discussion with Academy Award-winning cinematographer and festival patron, John Seale and Australian film director, Heath Davis. Terror Nullius is part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, featuring film samples and remixes of some of the most iconic characters, moments and imagery from Australian cinema. Then delve into the life and work of Academy Award-nominated film editor Jill Bilcock for a Q&A and screening of Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible. 

Friday night, or dust off the tuxedo, walk the NIFF blue carpet and mingle with industry and special guests before the lights dim for opening night, the Queensland premiere of Australian feature film Book Week. This shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned English teacher trying to find redemption sold out with rave reviews for its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. 

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Heath Davis, who based the film on his own experiences as a teacher. 

Don't miss local Gail Hewton's short film In a Different Space which was filmed in Noosa and captures the stories of elders aged 60 to 101 dancing their stories in places of significance to them. 

From Thursday evening through to Sunday, there’s sure to be something for all film lovers with an appetite for exceptional cinema, culminating in a feature documentary on 28 October in Eumundi of a US production, Living In the Future’s Past - a beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are, and the environmental challenges we face, presented by actor Jeff Bridges. Immerse yourself in screen stories.

Be challenged, be inspired, and laugh your head off.

Tickets at www.niff.com.au.

 

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