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24/12/2009: AUST FILM WEEK EXPANDS TO AUST FILM FEST

Evolving from the 2009 Australian Film Week (at Sydney’s Coogee Bay Arts Fest), the Australian Film Festival intends to be “the country's most comprehensive presentation of Australian film content,” say organisers. With the iconic Randwick Ritz Cinema as its' screening HQ, the Festival opens on February 24, 2010 with a special Popcorn Taxi Q&A event featuring some of Australia’s best known filmmakers.

Screenings will be held at Randwick, Coogee and Clovelly Beach, programmed by Peter Castaldi, over 11 days and the event will combine a series of indoor/outdoor screenings and marquee events. Featuring traditional and new media productions, classic films, unreleased features and digital works, the Festival is underpinned by the AFF Next Wave Film Centre, educating Australia's future filmmakers.

On March 7, AFF will close the streets surrounding the Ritz Cinema for a Food & Film Festival, the inducting of this year's Australian Film Walk of Fame recipient and the final event, the Australian Short Film Festival.

“The Australian Film Festival is a new concept for film festivals, which will be taking a modern and global view of what film is,” festival director Barry Watterson says. "The purpose of the festival is not simply the screening of Australian film. We're also focused on the long term development of Australian film content in a rapidly changing global environment and the building of audiences for Australian film."

More at http://www.australianfilmfestival.com.au

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