TWO films based on real life events will be screened for free at Speers Point Park on Saturday, October 27, as part of the Real Film Festival.
The feature film is the feel-good comedy Cool Runnings.
It is the story of the four Jamaican bobsleighers who dream of making it to the Winter Olympics despite never having seen snow.
The short film is Natalie Ritter.
It tells the remarkable story of four-year-old Georgia Ritter who witnessed her mum Natalie being pinned underneath a rolled vehicle on a remote NSW farm and then ran alone for a kilometre to raise the alarm and spark a successful rescue.
Manager at Screen Hunter and festival director Annette Hubber said the Real Film Festival brought the world of film to the Hunter, and showcased the Hunter to the world.
Now in its seventh year, the festival showcases home-grown and international talent over three days at venues stretching from Lake Macquarie through Newcastle to Port Stephens.
As the first point of connection between filmmakers from all over the globe and the Hunter region, Screen Hunter provides information, support, advice and local know-how for anyone who might be considering filming here.
“We have the most diverse locations in the Hunter, from sand dunes to harbours, vineyards to glorious mountain ranges,” Ms Hubber said.
“This is the ultimate location for filmmakers and we are honoured to showcase our home to cinematographers from around the world.
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“The film industry brings $3 million in to our region every year. It’s an industry that is growing all the time, and bringing more and more investment with it.
“The Real Film Festival is a way of showcasing some of the wonderful true-story films made in and around the Hunter, as well as internationally.”
The festival will be launched in Newcastle on Friday, October 26.
Film screenings will be held across the region over three days, along with a series of workshops and master classes for aspiring film makers.
The family-friendly event at Speers Point Park will start at 5pm and conclude at 10pm.
“Grab your family, friends and a picnic blanket and head to Speers Point Park for our fun family night of entertainment, film screening, a jumping castle, food stalls and even a petting zoo,” Ms Hubber said.
“There is something for everyone.”
Details at realfilmfestival.com.au