FOR Sydney filmmaker David Ford, Dungog is a chance to meet and greet some of the industry’s heavyweights and upcoming talents.
After visiting the festival with friends last year, the Sydney director returned with three pieces on the 2011 program – the documentary Lillie and music video Entwined, which screened on Friday, and short film Ferdinand the Third, starring a bantam chicken, slated for yesterday.
“I think it’s a good chance for me to showcase the diversity of my directing,” Ford said.
The festival’s non-competitive approach and ability to attract Australian stars was a major drawcard for aspiring filmmakers, he said.
“When you brush shoulders with those people, it breaks down the walls,” he said.