Nimbin in the picture
THE FIFTH annual Nimbin Film Festival kicks off today with an eclectic three-day program of local and international films.
Organisers were putting the final touches on the program yesterday but could announce two highlights: the feature length films My Sixteenth Summer by Savvy Lorestani and The Last Days of Shishmaref directed by Jan Louter.
Festival organiser Roy Rundle promises an exciting program with a wide selection of films to be shown.
“The big difference this year is the proportion of international films. Twenty of the 26 films are from overseas which is more than any other year,” he said.
The festival will be held at the Nimbin School of Arts Town Hall from 7 o'clock tonight, with a 2pm matinee and 7pm evening sessions tomorrow and Sunday.
“After the final session on Sunday we'll be awarding the Mickys - we like to give the micky here in Nimbin rather than take it,” Mr Rundle said.
“There are seven categories including environment, documentary, animation, comedy, drama, music and metaphysical.
“The Sunday evening session is reserved for local productions such as the premiere of Tim Tonkin's Ozzy Vampires.
“We're expecting over a thousand for the film festival but it could be more with Nimbin Dreaming Festival on at the same time.
“All in all it's a great weekend to get out to Nimbin - both events should compliment each other nicely.
“We would love to see people come along for the weekend and we encourage everyone to keep us in mind for next year's submissions if they have any locally made films to show.
My Sixteenth Summer is an Iranian feature film awarded the Okanogan International Film Festival's Maverick Award and The Last Days of Shishmaref takes you inside the Inupiat Eskimo community whose homes are literally falling into the sea from climate change.
Tickets are $10 per session or $5 concession. Weekend passes are $25 for singles and $35 for families.