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Silver screen lights up in Bangalow

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Bangalow will be the cultural hotspot of the Northern Rivers during March, with the Bangalow Film Festival running from March 7 to 16. 

It will feature 20 films, and three masterclasses alongside some special Northern Rivers talent.

With 20 years experience in running film festivals in Europe co-director, founder, program and artistic director, Chris Pazzaglia, told The Echo that after moving to Bangalow five years ago with his wife and two children, they had ‘wanted to do something for Bangalow’. 

‘This is the fourth Bangalow Film Festival. We had one open-air event which everyone loved. There has been a real embrace by Bangalow of the film festival. This is such a real and special community,’ he explained at the recent film festival launch.

As one of the fastest-growing regional festivals in NSW, it has received funding for four original audiovisual collaborations. The collaborators include Shire Choir, Nosferatu and DJ Jai Piccone, who is doing the electronic sound track. 

He added, ‘We are also doing an immersive piece about mushrooms, which is accompanied by a live classical quartet, where the images and quartet work together. The final piece is a performance by the Dustyesky Choir, this will be the first time they have performed in three years.’ 

They will perform alongside a Ukrainian film.

Explore the full program at www.bangalowfilmfestival.com.au.


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