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By Alan Goldstein 

For twenty-one years, on the second Saturday of the month, Federal Films has brought our diverse community together through film and food. Over this time, we have screened over two hundred and thirty movies, from the classic to the quirky. 

You can check out all the films screened here: federalfilmsociety.com/past_films.html.

At the same time, the group has supported Federal Hall, helped local community groups and schools raise over $250,000, and provided a regular social event for the local community to get together. 

However, all good things must come to an end, and it is with a level of sadness that the group has decided to pack up the chairs for the last time in February 2023.

There is no one reason for this and mostly it is just time for some younger blood to take up the reins of this or create something completely different. They are happy to be leaving having done something good in the village and been part of building the strong community that exists today. They hope that the same motivations can see a new bunch of locals come up with a fresh idea or take our one and re-invent it.

Federal Films want to thank all the catering groups, the hard-working bunch of locals who have sustained this project throughout, and our projectionist, Noel, who has always ensured the quality of screenings. Thanks also to so many of our individual supporters and local businesses who have always stepped up to help, provide funding or give us a discount. Finally, thanks to the many audience members who have supported us over the years. Federal Films invite you all to share this experience again, by coming to one or all of our three final screenings and keep your ears open for our wrap party.

On Saturday 10 December they will be screening The Sapphires. Bring a rug and a picnic from 6.30pm; film starts at 8pm. 

Federal Films will be showing their final films in January and February 2023, details to come. Thanks from all the Federal Films mob.

If you need more information about how it all happens or just want to chat about possibilities, please contact Federal Films at: [email protected]


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