The fourth ReelGood Film Festival has wrapped, and it was an absolute blast!
Proudly co-sponsored by STACK, the event kicked off on Friday night, March 3, with a screening of the new Australian feature film EMO the Musical, complete with a Q&A with producer Lee Matthews. The social atmosphere that filled Collingwood’s Schoolhouse Studios on opening night pre-empted the festival event the following day.
Kicking off early Saturday morning, the selected short films hit phenomenal heights and explored a vast range of genres – from familiar zombie and thriller tropes to a comedy in which a floating space rock leaves a couple stuck on the ceiling, and another in which a father is murdered with a ping-pong ball.
The 20 short films played throughout the day in half-hour sessions, commencing on the hour every hour from 11am to 7pm in two cinemas. The break between sessions allowed for discussion, food and drinks, with a DJ mixing the score until the next block of films began. It also gave you enough time to grab the most essential film buddy – popcorn.
For the cinephiles that didn’t feel like stopping, over 20 short films and music videos from previous years played on a constant loop in cinemas three and four. Not one cinema room was the same, reinforcing ReelGood’s unique point of difference. Cinema one was decked out with chairs; the second lined with bean bags for added comfort; the third was a silent cinema with headphones, a pillow-laden floor and more beanbags; and cinema four was a small booth sporting a computer in a well lit, centralised area, for a more intimate viewing experience.
Throughout the scorching Melbourne day, the much cooler cinema two became the audience favourite and by the final screening, the beanbags and available floor space were at peak capacity.
At the conclusion of the festival, the best films were honoured in an awards ceremony. The Audience Choice Award went to Yianni Warnock’s comedy Homebodies; Most Exciting Talent to the make-up team for The Man Who Caught a Mermaid (exhibiting a delightful Na’vi/fish hybrid); and Best Short Film went to Natalie James’ incredibly creepy Creswick.
“We’re very happy with how RGFF ’17 played out,” said festival director John Roebuck. “We are continuing to grow and improve in film quality, audience attendance and event operation, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I’m really looking forward to next year.”