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The Rock-itt : October 2011
Now in its ninth year, the 2011 24/7 Youth Film Festival was bigger and better than ever before. Thirty one teams entered the competition this year, with a total of twenty-nine films submitted to the finals. Supported and organised by Warringah, Mosman, Manly and Pittwater Councils and co-ordinated by Edith Magnusson, the event was generously sponsored by the Star of the Sea Theatre at Stella Maris High School, Channel 7, Adobe, Videocraft, Metro Screen, Camera Collective, Miller Camera Support, Mac & Me and the Screen Actors Workshop. Participants got their first taste of the competition at the Info Night on the 2nd of August. They got a chance to speak with the event organisers and previous years’ winners, and watch them critique som e of the best (and worst) films entered in the 24/7 Competition in the last few years. Budding film m akers were then offered the opportunity to attend a series of four free workshops at the Screen Actors Workshop to hone their film-making skills. The workshops were run by industry professionals - Alan Nurthern, director of the Screen Actors Workshop; Joshua Tyler, writer, director and teacher at NIDA; Peter Dunn, director and producer for the ABC; and Phil Balsdon, cinematographer and Steadicam operator. They presented their best tips and tricks on Acting for Camera, Scriptwriting, Directing and Camera Skills and Editing. The Competition itself was launched on the week end of the 27 th and 28th of August. Participants registered their teams, received goodie bags including Fudge hair product and watched the launch with mounting excitement. They were given a list of instructions and filming and safety tips. Teams then watched the fabulously witty Items Film produced by RJ Studios and were given a list of items, including objects, themes, locations and phrases that had to appear in their finished films including a secret item – a segment of the film must appear in Black and White! The launch was over and the 2011 24/7 Youth Film Festival competition begun! Team s now had to produce a 7 minute film in 24 hours – hence 24/7. The next 24 hours were a frantic flurry of intense and original film making, producing a total of 29 inventive short films. Teams dropped of their finished masterpieces and headed home for some much needed sleep. The films were then judged by a distinguished panel of film industry professionals. All entered films were shown over two screenings at Manly Cinem as and Collaroy United Cinem as. Finals screening and awards night was held on the 18th of September at Warriewood Cinemas. MC Pete r Phelps Best Film 2011