As the Illawarra continues to battle stay-at-home orders and residents get tired of Netflix, arthouse movies can now be added to the variety of viewing options after being made more accessible with film festivals moving to screenings online.
The Far South Film Festival features tales from regional and remote areas reflecting on people, environment and issues that matter, with a documentary from Berry and a comedy from Port Kembla. It's the only festival in Australia to exclusively feature films from regional filmmakers.
Local Talent Global Dreams is from Berry teenager Ryan Tremlow, who set himself a mission to share the stories of talented teenagers around the state. The 17-year-old creative was handed the Best Technical Achievement Award at the festival for his feat.
Port Kembla filmmaker Kevin Friesen is behind The Cookie, a comedy about a father who will stop at nothing - even war - to buy a cookie for his daughter.
All films will be available for pay-per-view online until August 31 through www.farsouthfilmfestival.com.
Stephanie Thompson wants to raise awareness of birth trauma through her film and show other women they are not alone. Hundreds of short films and documentaries from 13 countries are available to watch for free via their website.
Next month you can get a taste of the Emerald Isle with the seventh annual Irish Film Festival's on-demand program, available from September 3 to 12 through www.irishfilmfestival.com.au.
The range of films include features and compelling documentaries, from both emerging and established directors on a range of genres like family-friendly animation, comedy, moving drama, musical biopics and even a vampire horror movie.
Meantime, the Illawarra-based Smartfone Flick Fest has extended their date for entries to the festival until September 1 with a screening scheduled for later this year.
However, many of their previous entrants and winners are available to view for free through the competition's website, www.sf3.com.au.
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