Chance to save festival
NANANGO’S Big Screen Film Festival could be thrown a lifeline if a visit from the CEO of the National Film and Sound Archives goes well later this year.
The Federal Government cut funding to the travelling film festival, casting a shadow over whether it would make its eighth year in Nanango in 2015.
Even though funding will have officially dried up by November, Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said he was not prepared to toss in the towel just yet.
The Nanango Big Screen Film Festival is the town’s major cultural event and has never failed to attract a big name as the three-day event’s special guest.
After meeting the CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive, Michael Loebenstein, Cr Kratzmann said he believed there was a chance to save the event.
“We can try and get some more corporate sponsorship… and the CEO said he will come here and visit us – I think we will see him before Christmas,” Cr Kratzmann said.
“The funding for the Big Screen festival was just one of the arms of the National Film and Sound Archive, so we will be looking for another avenue.”
Cr Kratzmann said he was quietly confident the festival would be back but there could be changes, most notably a new name.