Michael Raso has been in contact with BSFF director Anna Smith to let her know that his Benalla Short Film Festival winning film 'Solitude' was selected for the Cannes Film Festival recently. Michael wrote to Anna that the $1000.00 prize money has increased his chances of being able to go to Cannes... 'I thought you'd might like to know that your money is helping us to attend the biggest film festival in the world. Thank you for your amazing contribution!!'
Here's a link to a trailer for 'Solitude', which you can see as part of the rescreening of Benalla Shorts 2017 at the Swanpool Cinema on May 6th at 1.30pm. Phone Anna on 0429 367 236 for more information.
Gallery 2 at North East Artisans was converted into an intimate 'art house' cinema on Saturday 8th of April for screenings of the Benalla Shorts Film Festival.
A total of 188 Australian short films were entered in the Festival, shortlisted, then judged by actors John Orcsik and Tom Long. The winners?
BEST FILM - $1000 - Michael Raso's film SOLITUDE - 'Margaret spends each day visiting her local train station. The staff, aware of her presence, give her something significant in an envelope, hoping she'll no longer return. What's in the envelope?''
STUDENT AWARD $250 - Jessica Lytton's film DEIGHTIES 'Explores the ever changing world of courting, the difficulties of growing old single, and highlights the simple, undeniable truth that in one way or another, everyone is searching for companionship?'
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD $250 - Nicholas Hall's - film TURTLE SOUP ''Adelaide Bell, a downtrodden 7-year old, must harness her inner strength to save a turtle from his fate as turtle soup.'
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - $200 - Aaron Ellis's film SPILL 'It is 1999 at West Meadows Primary School and the marble craze has hit an all time high. Maxy, through his good sense of judgement and likeability, has scored himself a decent marble collection.'
Nicholas Hall, John Orcsik, Anna Smith, Michael Raso at the Benalla Short Film Festival 2017
Judge John Orcsik's observations about the qualities he looks for in judging films were highly valued by the audience. John noted that sometimes it's the simple story well told which wins through. He made particular note of student Jack Morrow's engaging Film, 'Notes' which was told without dialogue using 'notes'.. John also noted the theme of bullying in a number of the films selected.
There will be an encore screening at the Swanpool Cinema on the 6th May 2017 at 1.30 pm.
Congratulations to Anna Smith - Festival Director - for her inspired perseverance in ensuring that a third Benalla Shorts Film Festival would be held. Anna left no stone unturned, holding fund raising events; seeking sponsorship; holding an information session at the Library; organising an effective marketing campaign; coordinating the entries and the judging all culminating in a very warmly received community event at NEA.
Tickets now on sale at NEA! $20.00. Two screenings - 2 pm and 8 pm. A Wall to Wall Fringe event at NEA. Judges: John Orczik and Tom Long. MA15+
It has been so busy at NEA lately - and with the lead up to NEA’s Wall to Wall 'fringe' festivities there's increasingly chat about 'how' things will be done, rather than 'what' is to be done. NEA's activities coincide with the official Wall to Wall Festival Program. You won't find them on the official Wall to Wall booklet, however we've come to regard them as key events in the Wall to Wall Fringe Festival! They are being cross promoted by Benalla Street Art, which has allocated wall space to a number of local community street artists, including NEA's Tim Bowtell, Tim has been allocated the wall at Primal Gym which faces the railway line.
The Door of Hope project is entering its final stages, with the Exhibition opening on April 6th focusing teachers and participants alike. Thanks go to teachers Edie Black and Annie Longmuir for designing and delivering such wonderful courses. Please put Thursday 6th April from 6 to 8 pm in your diaries for the opening of the Door of Hope exhibition.
The Door of Hope has presented many challenges to NEA, a small non-profit voluntter based organisation. Organisations receiving grants for such projects typically have facilities and systems in place and can allocate a paid project worker to coordinate the project - however NEA has been entering new ground. With two courses with paid teachers, rather than workshops developed and administered and marketed largely by the artisan involved, we needed someone to take on a coordinating role, a staff room; access to wifi, a computer and printer; additional tables and more.. Each time we move into the next stage of the project new, sometimes unanticipated, needs arise, resulting in fast footwork to meet the latest challenge.
The 'in kind' contribution by volunteers, exhibiting artisans and artisans on the executive committee to the Door of Hope project has been crucial to its development and operation.
The Door of Hope will need to find alternative sources to continue in its current format as we have been informed that Tomorrow Today can only fund such projects on one occasion. Another format the development of a discretionary fund of monies to be used to provide reduced and at times free courses to people who have difficulty payng for art courses.
NEA is constantly responding to logistical challenges. Providing the venue for the upcoming Benalla Shorts Film Festival has involved Tim Schloss devising a way in which to hold a seated gathering for up to 60 people. Having available more studio space involves Cornelia and the committee exploring new ground. Commission rates for large works by NEA artisans; how to manage workshop bookings which require an additional layer of administrative support and what is a cost effective way in which to provide some level of WiFi coverage are questions also under consideration. There is never a dull moment.
Lots of other things are happening at NEA including the call for entries to the 'In Your Face' Portrait Exhibition. Entries close on June 1, with the exhibition opening on July 1st. Contact Cornelia for more details.
Kate Jenvey's exhibition at the Benalla Art Gallery Gallery is midway and has been a memorable and most successful event in Benalla's art calendar. Kate recently spoke to the U3A Art Appreciation group who spoke glowingly about her talk and her exhibition.
Cornelia recently added a post about 'Project Project' to Facebook. Like NEA, it began in 'pop up' form, is volunteer based, and now an ongoing concern. 'Project Project' doesn't appear to have many dull moments either. Check out the article... 'A Scrappy Volunteer Art Space draws creatives in South Omaha'.
‘Caught’ NEA artisan, sculptor Garth Hughes, who came in to see what he could do to help out recently.
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North East Artisans is auspicing the Benalla Shorts Film Festival, with the Events Gallery the venue for screenings at 2.pm and 8. pm on April 8th during the Wall to Wall Art Festival.. .
The inaugural Benalla Shorts Film Festival
Held at BPACC for the first time in late November 2014, 10 films varying in style, length and genre from all over Australia were shown at the inaugural Benalla Shorts Film Festival.. The winner was Venetia Taylor (Broken Hill) who received $1,000 from the Friends of BPACC for her 2 minute comedy Counsellor. Local resident Hayley Warnock received the Benalla Lions Club $500 encouragement award for her under 2 minutes fiction animation Top Delight. Grace O’Brien (Wangaratta) picked up the $500.secondary student award from the Rotary Club of Benalla for Tradition, her fiction film under 8 minutes . Don Percy (Melbourne) won the Friends of BPACC People’s Choice Award of $500 for his hilarious 7 minute comedy Makeover (which later screened at Swanpool Cinema's 'Made in Melbourne' short film festival.)
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Broken River Writers
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Art Gallery on Ovens
Bush Gatherings -Violet Town
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)