The champagne is on ice, the red carpet has been cleaned and the stars of the 2012 Dungog Film Festival are on their way.
After years of meteoric growth, the winner of the Inside Film Award for best film festival, Dungog Film Festival will this weekend return to its roots.
The sixth Dungog Film Festival kicks off on Friday night with the romantic comedy Not Suitable for Children.
Guests at this weekend’s festival include iconic Australian actor Jacqueline McKenzie (Angel Baby/Diving For Poland) and director Peter Templeman (Not Suitable for Children).
The people of Dungog will take to the streets on Saturday with the annual street parade, this year themed after last year’s blockbuster movie Red Dog. As such, residents are being invited to join the parade with their own red dog or other pet pooch.
In addition to the canine contingent there will be 100 members of the police force marching to celebrate 150 years of the NSW State Police Force, the oldest police force in Australia.
In addition to the Dungog Film Festival program, locals John O’Brien and Ivan Skaines have also stepped up to the plate with their own creation.
“We’ve called it Out of the Shed and it’s a fringe program made up of a series of films, sounds, talks and dreams dragged out into the light from rusty hidden corners and forgotten corrugations,” Gresford-based scriptwriter, filmmaker and educator Mr O’Brien said.