Chance to save fes­ti­val

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - He­len Speli­tis he­len.speli­tis@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

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.

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