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VU major sponsor of inaugural Sunshine Film Festival

Victoria University is proud to be a major sponsor of the inaugural Sunshine Short Film Festival to be held 12-14 September 2012 at Sunshine's Village Cinemas.

The Festival is aiming to unearth the talent of local filmmakers of all ages and experience, and celebrate Sunshine's history, people, enterprises and environment with the theme: 'Living Down Under: Life in a Many Cultured Society.'

Alex Sims, VU's Acting Marketing Director said the film festival was a perfect fit with the University's new strategic plan to be a great university of the 21st Century: "VU aims to be a major player in the western region in the creative arts and we know that there are many very talented people in the area. This is a great opportunity for us to help develop and showcase those skills. I am really looking forward to the screening."

Prizes of up to $5000 are available for winners of the five-minute film competition with bonus points awarded for those including Sunshine-related themes. The competition is open to everyone not just Sunshine residents although organisers expect most entrants will be locals.

There will be special categories for primary and secondary school entrants.   

Victoria University is also providing a mobile classroom for the Sunshine area that will hold free consultations for the aspiring film makers.

All finalists will be screened at Sunshine's Village Cinema with a People's Choice award for the public's favourite. Besides prize money, winners will have the chance to fill a cinema with friends and family for a private red-carpet screening of their work.

The Festival is sponsored by Victoria University, the Sunshine Business Association, Star Media, and Sunshine Village Cinema.

For more information about the Festival:

Steve Pereira:  0411 652 887 

 

Media contact:

Christine WhitePublic Affairs Unit, Victoria University, 9919 4322; 0434 602 884; media@vu.edu.au

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