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The Real Film Festival

The Real Film Festival starts the 2019 Summer with a bang, transforming spaces in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens with bold films of real stories and cutting edge documentary’s about real issues.

More than any other film festival in the region, the Real Film Festival defines the Hunter’s personality. For over seven years, we have presented films by independent international, national and local storytellers whose presence at the Festival creates a buzz and honesty; a world class event right on your doorstep! Screen industry professionals who have shared their stories and expertise have included; Don McAlpine, Jillian Armstrong, Jeff Julian, Tony Buckley, David Caesar, Jason Van Genderen, Vanessa Alexander, Ian Hamilton, Scott Roberts, Paige Badenoch, Rachel Blake, Zac Garred, Anthony Marsh and William Ward to name a few.


The Real Film Festival’s contemporary programming positions it as one of Australia’s leading documentary film festivals and a real place for emerging independent filmmakers from which to launch their careers.

Real stories to make you laugh and cry… come and celebrate eight years of #keepingitreal #realfilmfestival


Newcastle                           15-17 November

Lake Macquarie                21 November

Maitland                             28 November

Port Stephens                   5 December


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Real Film Festival

Festival presentation: 

The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and Industry event showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based on true stories. The Program comprises of film screenings, Industry workshops, panel discussions, networking events and film competitions for filmmakers of all ages and experience. Festival Program The Festival will be held in Newcastle, NSW from November 7-9, 2014 across a number of venues within the CBD, including Tower Cinemas, Newcastle Museum, The Lock-Up, Newcastle Film & Media School, The Production Hub, Limelight Studios & Civic Park. The Festival Program includes a variety of entertainment including the Opening Night Gala held at Tower Cinemas with a party to follow at one of Newcastle's unique venues, The Lock-Up. The Festival will also deliver an Open Air Cinema in Civic Park, film screenings at Tower Cinema and short film screenings at Newcastle Museum and a variety of other locations as well as a number of networking events. The festival will also screen a series of short films throughout the weekend as part of the City Evolutions projections program. The educational component of the Real Film Festival will see innovative Film Industry development workshops and talks held at the Lock-Up and other locations across the weekend. On Friday 7 November we will be holding 8 Industry Development workshops aimed at emerging film makers followed up on the Saturday with 2 further industry workshops, talks and industry panel discussion. Through networking events the Festival will continue to connect inbound and local filmmakers with the established arts community and businesses based in the region. Website

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From $10
Opening hours: 
9:00am - 11:00pm
Next Festival Dates: 
11/07/2014 - 11/09/2014
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Screen Hunter
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