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Short Sharp Film Festival Inc – Coffs Harbour


Ms Amber Chapman
Phone: 0422381601


PO Box 2547


This Festival has two main objectives:

    • The first is to provide filmmakers with specialised and ongoing industry education in film production and movie making techniques, ensuring lasting benefits for the region.

      • The second is to launch an annual event on the
        Coffs Coast specifically to showcase short (sharp) films and develop a screen culture for
        the region.


      The Festival’s aim is to develop a number of training initiatives including development workshops and information days on techniques of film making to engage filmmakers of all

      In 2009, this will include a one-day film-making workshop open to teachers at all primary schools between Grafton and Macksville.


      On the afternoon and evening of Saturday July 11th 2009, the finalists in each category will have their films screened publicly in a highly publicised event at Coffs Harbour’s Jetty
      Memorial Theatre.

      A panel of celebrity judges will be present to vote for Best Coffs
      Harbour Entry, Best Regional Entry and Best Overall Entry in each entry category.

      The Intent of Short Sharp Film Festival Inc:

      Please see Aims & Objectives

      Recent Accomplishments of Short Sharp Film Festival Inc:

      The Short Sharp Film Festival began in 2007 and was warmly embraced by the local community.

      The screening night exceeded all expectations with 32 entries and over 290 people in attendance from across the Northern NSW and Queensland.

      In 2008 the festival website attracted over 69,000 hits from 12,000 unique visitors, and 390 people attended the screening of eight school and eight open finalists.

      In 2008 Coffs Harbour-based Janison Software became naming rights sponsor, a role they have been happy to repeat in 2009.
      With prizes now in excess of $4,000, including a $2,000 first prize, the Janison SSFF is already one of the country’s most attractive short film making competitions.