Film festival of surprises hits Valley

The short film Second Chance is about work ethics. At 40 Edmund (pictured) remembers when he was the number-one hitman. Now its an effort to make ends meet. So he comes across an advertisement for a door-to-door salesman position selling cosmetics but some work habits are hard to drop... Check out this new Aussie film at the Surf & Turf Film Festival this weekend.

Okay film buffs, get ready for some serious surprises.

The Surf & Turf Short Film Festival for unclassified films will be held in the Richmond Valley this Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, with a smorgasbord of cinematic delights being screened.

Twenty-three films from around the country have been entered into this inaugural Surf & Turf Short Film Festival, including two local films a documentary Bills Team from Lismore and a childrens film Lorikeep from Casino. (Bills Team is the story is about Bill Hawkins, who was tragically injured in a car accident 18 years ago and his extraordinary team of carers in Lismore and their compassion.)

The festival screens at two venues the Evans River School in Evans Head (thats the surf) and Casino Civic Hall (the turf).

The films cover a wide variety of themes love, friendship, greed, death and revenge and range from side-splittingly funny to sombre and poignant. Basically, theres something for everyone.

We are very pleased with the response from filmmakers in the first year of the festival we have films from five states, Richmond Valley Councils events and cultural liaison officer, Peter Byrne, said. The other significant point about this new festival is that it is truly a Richmond Valley wide event with screenings in Casino and Evans Head, which makes it the only festival in the valley that has this reach across our community.

Tickets can be purchased one hour before each session from the venues.MA+ sessions are $8 and all other sessions are $11.

There are three programs running over the two days, each lasting about 90 minutes (which includes an interval).

The MA+ program is for people aged 15 and over. There are also two programs made up of comedy, drama and documentary (CDD) for 18 years and over.

As the films have never been classified, an exemption for public screenings has been approved by the director of the classification board.

The Surf & Turf Short Film Festival is presented by Richmond Valley Council and sponsored by Metgasco.

For more information phone the Casino Visitors Information Centre on 6662 3566.

Friday, March 21, Surf Theatre, Evans Head

11am MA+ Program

1.30pm CDD Mix 1 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

4.30pm MA+ Program

8.00pm CDD Mix 2 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

Friday, March 21, Turf Theatre, Casino

11am MA+ Program

1.30pm CDD Mix 2 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

4.30pm MA+ Program

8.00pm CDD Mix 1 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

Saturday, March 22, Surf Theatre, Evans Head

1.30pm CDD Mix 2 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

4.30pm MA+ Program

8.00pm CDD Mix 1 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

Saturday, March 22, Turf Theatre, Casino

1.30pm CDD Mix 1 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)

4.30pm MA+ Program

8.00pm CDD Mix 2 (Comedy, Drama & Documentary)


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