Organisers have declared the third Noosa International Film Festival an outstanding success.
Taking place at numerous venues throughout Noosa and Eumundi during Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 October, NIFF celebrated an amazing collection of diverse, thoughtful, challenging and captivating films, together with a number of interactive talks and workshops.
With several sessions completely sold out – one within two weeks of ticket issue – it is not surprising that the team behind NIFF were happy to celebrate with close to 250 film enthusiasts at the Opening Night party and screening of the Queensland premiere of critically acclaimed Australian film, Book Week.
This year 60 filmmakers travelled to Noosa from all over Australia and abroad to see the crowds experience their work on the big screen, and to take part in industry workshops with award winning filmmakers, cinematographers and editors like Heath Davis, John Seale and Jill Bilcock.
Meanwhile more than 1400 tickets were sold across the four-day festival which presented four feature films and no fewer than 63 short films, selected from over 230 submissions.
For the first time the short films were grouped together by genre, allowing filmgoers to ensure they attended the sessions that were close to their heart. Many however took advantage of the festival passes to enjoy every minute.
To add to the fun this year the live music and food trucks at The J were very well received by filmgoers happy to be fed and entertained between sessions.
One highlight of the programme was the hugely popular NIFF Short Film Awards Show. Ticket holders enjoyed seeing the 10 prize category winners presented with their awards by NIFF Founding Patron and Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale ACS ASC, followed by a screening of the winning films.
This year the short film category award winners were as follows:
El Nino for Best Drama, The Bookshop for Best Comedy, iRony for Best Animation, The Skydiver and the Scarecrow for Best Experimental, Drew Macdonald for Creeper for Best Director, Skin for Best Cinematography, Dead End for Best Editing, Petrel for Best Sound Design, Makers Who Inspire: Ben Baker for Best Documentary, Greta Nash for Locker Room for Best Young Filmmaker.
The Festival ended on a high on Sunday evening with the sold out Laugh Out Loud short film screening at Land & Sea Brewery followed by closing drinks.
A weary but very happy Festival President Holly Pittman summed up the atmosphere of the past four days.
"The smiling faces and animated chatter of film enthusiasts as they leave a film viewing is what NIFF is all about. Filmmakers can rub shoulders with industry experts and viewers alike, and everyone feels uplifted by the diversity in films and positive vibe across the whole event," she said.
"All in all, it has been an amazing four days, a festival that the NIFF organising team, volunteers and Noosa can be very proud of.
"We'd like to thank our 2018 festival partners for their support, many of whom are local businesses, as it is through their generosity that allows us to continue to grow and make each year better."