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Saturday's Whyalla Film Festival features a range of feature productions

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FILM BUFF: Program Manager Michal Hughes is preparing for this month's Whyalla Film Festival.

Michal Hughes has returned from Adelaide with a bunch of films under her arm ready for this weekend’s Whyalla Film Festival.

Michal applied for, and won, the position of program manager for the film festival as part of the Curate Your Own Festival initiative run in conjunction with the Adelaide Film Festival. Michal had a hands-on role in selecting the films for this weekend’s Whyalla Film Festival which involved attending the Adelaide Film Festival to watch a selection of films.

Curate Your Own Festival is an initiative where the Adelaide Film Festival assists members of regional locations to present films from the Festival program in their community.

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For the second year running, budding curators from Whyalla, Coonawarra and now Raukkan attended the Adelaide Film Festival to select films to showcase in their home town.

Michal has brought back two films from the festival – I Used To Be Normal and Ghost Stories – to play at this Saturday’s Whyalla Film Festival at the Middleback Arts Centre (MAC). They will be shown along with local short films Life Lessons and Cloudy with a Michael Rostig Illuminart display called Whyalla Weirdness which will be displayed on the outside walls of the MAC.

Life Lessons is by Claire Glenn and Stu Nankirville in collaboration with D’faces of Youth Arts and Whyalla Aged Care, and Cloudy, is a Richard Parker Film made in Whyalla.

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Michal said the chance to be a programmer for the Whyalla Film Festival was a golden opportunity. While in Adelaide, Michal met with Adelaide Film Festival organiser and gained an insight into film selection, marketing scheduling and the processes of dealing with distributors.

“I’ve been involved in the arts all my life in Whyalla and was interested how the festival curation worked because it sounded really interesting,” Michal said.

“I missed out last year so I really wanted to get involved this year, it’s a good opportunity to meet people and, of course, a great chance to go to Adelaide and see some movies and bring them back to Whyalla.”

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Michal said there was something for everyone in the movies chosen from the film festival along with the local productions.

“This festival brings something at the high end and very consumable when it comes to the arts,” she said.”

“There’s always been lots of art going around in Whyalla, a lot of it is now starting to come to the surface and people are starting to take notice especially with festivals like this

“Every movie is different and I think they’ll go down well in Whyalla.”

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Michal is currently working with last year’s festival curator Michael Parsons on another film festival for Whyalla early next year.

The Whyalla Film Festival is proudly supported by the City of Whyalla, D’Faces, Australian Government Regional Arts Fund, Australian Council for the Arts, Adelaide Film Festival, Middleback Arts Centre and Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network.

WHYALLA FILM FESTIVAL

Where: Middleback Arts Centre

When: Saturday October 27. 2018

Schedule*

6-8pm session: Suitable for Families

8pm: Illuminart project on the external walls of the MAC

8-10pm Session: Adults Only

*Times approximates

Tickets: On sale now at www.countryarts.org.au Single Session: $12; double Session: $20.  Transactions Fees: Online $2.50, Phone/Counter $3.50

Enquiries: Middleback Arts Centre: 8644 7309

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