The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley.
The true identity of Australia is defined by her landscape and what better way to experience her stories than at this extraordinary festival location in the Mid North Region.
“The Clare Valley Film Festival is building a reputation as one of the top educationally focused film festivals in regional Australia.”
This inclusive festival aims to break down the perceptions that filmmaking is difficult and costly. CVFF’s focus is to arm Australians with the knowledge and skills to tell their stories through film.
Motivation Statement: The Clare Valley Film Festival aims to inspire, support and educate young people from South Australia’s regional areas in the art of filmmaking.
Clare Valley Film Festival is an initiative of Blyth Regional Cinema Inc. and MashMosh Films. Blyth Regional Cinema Inc. is a Non-profit Incorporated Association, which Clare Valley Film Festival operates under.
The Blyth Cinema was established in May 2005 in Blyth by a local community group to bring a city quality cinematic experience to residents and visitors of the Clare Valley region and beyond (target population 8,000). In its first four years of screenings over 23,000 people have visited the cinema.
In 2008, the Cinema was named the Westpac Community Idol 2008. From hundreds of entrants Australia wide the Cinema was selected in the final three. The Cinema Chair, Ian Roberts, travelled to the ‘Communities in Control’ conference in Melbourne and presented a 10 minute talk and slide show in front of 1500 delegates to tell the Cinema’s story. After voting by the delegates, the Cinema was announced as the 2008 Idol winner.
MashMosh Films is a creative film production house delivering cutting edge, content rich films. Since being established in 2004 as a short film collective by Seeta Indrani and Chris Bishop, they have been commissioned by Sony Entertainment Television Asia, screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and shortlisted for the Tongues on Fire Film Festival competition. Their latest projects The Sweeney – The Life & Work of Jim Sweeney was screened at The Comedy Store London, and Friday, which was written by Jim Sweeney, was recently screened at the London Short Film Festival and MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival in New York.