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Big Mountain’s big 2009 programme

The Big Mountain Short Film Festival programme is out. Festival Director, Bret Gibson, has whittled down this year”s bumper crop of 133 entries from 22 countries into a programme of 19 shorts from 12 countries.

The big night will be 26 October down in Ohakune.

Three New Zealand shorts made the cut, Chris Tout’s An Aggressive Gift and 16-year old Seung Woo Hong’s The Silent Chase, both made on $200 budgets. Cheapskate Doug Brooks spent $40 on Space Junk, but it was money well-spent, as he’ll be presented with Best Emerging Director Award at the event.

Not all the films are made so cheaply, with the Belgian makers of AIE, winner of the Rumble Award for Best Cinematography having spent $65,000. The Festival presents six awards, one of which is the Audience award for best film, voted for on the night.

For the fourth year running, the 232-seat Ohakune Cinema will again host the festival. The cinema is believed to be the oldest timber-built cinema in the country still operating, and also the longest-running family-owned cinema.

Everything about the festival is free, thanks to the efforts of Bret and the generosity of the sponsors. There are no submission fees and entry to the screenings is free, but there are also no tickets. Admission’s on a first-come, first-served basis.

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