The recent Heathcote Film Festival has been hailed a success by organisers.By Barbara Sungaila
Organisers have hailed the recent Heathcote Film Festival as an unqualified success, with attendance reaching almost 200.
Sherrie Coote said this year’s program included an afternoon session which offered an alternative screening time for filmgoers.
‘‘This was successful with more than 50 people attending the matinee session,’’ she said.
The two screenings overlapped a ‘meet the filmmaker’ Q and A session with Lucy McKendrick, writer/director of Toombaworth.
‘‘Both Lucy and her film have earned plaudits nationally and internationally for this piece of film excellence,’’ Ms Coote said.
She said the festival program showed a selection of short films, including drama, comedy, reflective animations and romance.
The jury prize, consisting of $1500 and a magnum of the limited release 2012 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz, was awarded to Love at First Sight, a romantic comedy written and directed by UK-based filmmaker Mark Playne.
Love at First Sight has won awards in film festivals in the US, Asia and the UK and had its Australian premiere at Heathcote.
Lemonade Stand, written by and starring Tim Potter and directed by Alethea Jones, won the people’s choice award and a selection of fine Heathcote Region wines.
Performers at Shepparton-based Amy Newton Dance Studio hit the stage for two television-themed performances at the weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
More than 100 ex-battery and free-range hens now call Marie Traill's Timmering property home.
The Elmore Events Centre Events are confident it will get $500,000 grant from the Federal Government.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Carolling voices rang out across Goulburn Park for the annual Seymour Carols by Candlelight on Sunday.
The Finley Regional Care Christmas fundraiser is on again. The Monster Christmas stocking raffle is filled with Christmas gifts and goodies including hampers, chocolates, wine, gift certificates and more.
Heathcote Health officially opened its new office and launched its new service plan on Friday.
The alfresco area at Cobram's Bottom Pub, known as The Palms, will be relaunched on Friday night after an eight-month closure.
Deniliquin's Heritage Fabrics owners Joy Spence and Gill SMith are calling it a day.
The costs of growing grain in the southern cropping region don’t look like falling any time soon, meaning farmers and business managers need to be mindful of keeping farm expenses in check.
Residents are encouraged to shop locally this festive season while getting invovled with celebrations across Benalla.
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