We’re officially gearing up for the 2018 Real Film Festival which is due to hit Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens on the weekend of 26 – 28 October 2018 – bigger and better than ever.

It’s our seventh year and we’re looking forward to bringing all the best real stories to your screens again in 2018. This year, we’ll be in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, with film screenings in both areas. And, in a new initiative, we’re taking one of our most popular films from last year’s festival – Angels Gather Here – to Port Stephens for a screening and Q&A with the filmmakers. The film, by Ian Hamilton, looks at an indigenous woman returning to her home town for a family celebration. To complement this event – an event for local people by local people – we are also screening two local Port Stephens films; I Walk, I Run, I Drum by local filmmaker Dave Hukka about Bronwyn and Simon White, as well as Aunty Margo’s reconciliation story. We’ll let you know details of venue, time and tickets soon.

In 2018 we will again screen a free family-favourite movie at an outdoor cinema at Speers Point, with live entertainment and activities for the kids.

For budding filmmakers, we have on offer nine film workshops specifically designed for high school students, three industry development workshops, two masterclasses, as well as panel discussions and Q&A sessions with key film industry figures. There’ll be something for everyone, with new topics and presenters to keep you abreast of current trends.

And – open now – are our re-imagined short film competitions. This year we’ve introduced new themes to really give filmmakers something to sink their teeth into. Take inspiration from one of five categories:

1. Living with a disability
2. Multiculturalism
3. Indigenous voices
4. Women living in regional areas
5. Why Newcastle?

And get cracking! We want to see your untold stories and find out what inspires you.

For more details, including how to enter, fees, run-time, dates and more, see our Competition page. Judges will be experienced industry professionals and they’ll provide valuable feedback on your film.

If you’d like to be an even ‘realer’ part of this year’s festival, think about volunteering. There are lots of benefits and you’ll get to see and experience it all in a new and exciting way. We have many roles for volunteers in the lead-up the event and over the weekend of the festival. See our Volunteer page for more information and to sign up now.

Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to receive updates and win free tickets as the festival approaches. 2018 is going to be our biggest year yet, and we’ll soon be announcing more details of what you can expect to see, learn, create and who you might connect with at the Real Film Festival 2018.

See you at there!