Anyone and everyone can make festival film

A SERIES of filmmaking workshops will lead into an innovative film festival in Warrnambool.

The Silver Ball Film Festival is to be held in Warrnambool's CBD on May 9, with plans to project short films on to walls, laneways and buildings .

The event is planned as part of the final Hidden Histories Laneway Festival and is being organised by south-west arts collective F Project.

F Project president Emma Charlton said a series of workshops in animation, documentary filmmaking, narrative and film art would hopefully help give "anyone and everyone" the skills to make and enter a film.

The workshops, which start on February 10, will be run at Deakin University by Emily Bissland, Colleen Hughson, James Russell, Nathan Pye and Tom Walters .

Completed films will have to be submitted by March 31.

"It's open to any locally- made film," Charlton said.

"They just have to be under seven minutes, fit in with the theme of 'keeping the ball in the air' and have to be G-rated."

Films will be sent away to a classification board to ensure they can be shown at an all-ages audience.

She said there had already been interest from prospective filmmakers in Hamilton keen to take part in the workshops, which will run for 20 hours over five weeks and are limited to 20 people.

The sessions are expected to cover storyboarding and genre, technical skills, filming and editing.

Times for the workshops are yet to be confirmed. For more information or to get an application form contact Emma Charlton via e.charlton@deakin.edu.au or visit the F Project Cinema Facebook page.

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