Theatre / “Oh, What a Lovely War”. Directed by Chris Baldock. At Theatre 3 until March 10. Reviewed by JOE WOODWARD
TONIGHT’S the night, as the 22nd Canberra Short Film Festival kicks off at Dendy Cinemas with the slogan ’Short Flick Big Kicks,’ featuring more local films than ever.
But don’t be confused – because of the high number of quality submissions, tonight is, in reality, the third night of the festival, as two pre-screenings were added to accommodate for the extra films chosen.
This year saw submissions reach almost 300, with a whopping 100 films eventually narrowed down to be screened.
While the long-standing event has more films, more categories and more venues, there will be a strong focus on the developing Canberra film industry, too – of the selected films, approximately half were made by Canberra filmmakers. They’ll be screening at four different venues around the ACT.
Festival director John Frohlich confirms this, saying: “When you compare the films, animations and music videos made right here in Canberra, you have to say they really stand up.”
He believes the spike in entries can be put down to the new categories introduced over recent years.
A first for 2017 is a category dedicated to indigenous films and filmmakers.
“Animation and music video categories have doubled in size from last year,” Frohlich says.
“We have also seen growth in the two-minute film category, because it allows accessibility for amateurs wanting to get a foot in the door in an inexpensive and fun way.”
Canberra Short Film Festival, at Dendy Cinemas, (September 13 and 17) Belconnen Community Centre, (September 14) Tuggeranong Arts Centre (September 15) and Smith’s Alternative (September 16). All program details at csff.com.au