It's that time again - Real Film Festival 2018 Coming Soon

The 2018 Real Film Festival is due to hit Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens on the weekend of 26–28 October 2018 and it's going to be bigger and better than ever.

It’s the seventh year of the festival and you'll be able to see all the best 'real stories' again in 2018. This year, there are film screenings in both Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. And, in a new initiative, the festival is taking one of the 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.

And don't forget everything else the festival has to offer. This year there will be nine workshops for high school students, three for emerging filmmakers, two masterclasses for industry practitioners as well as Q&A sessions and panel discussions. There will be screenings of short, independent and documentary films and five short film competitions for filmmakers of all levels - with prize money and feedback from industry professionals.

There will be an outdoor cinema event at Speers Point, with family-friendly live entertainment and children's activities. 

Read more about what's on at this year's festival in on the Real Film Festival website or check out the blog for more information as the festival's screenings and workshops are announced. Find more about the short film competition, how to volunteer and get tickets when they go on sale. 

2018 is going to be the RFF's biggest year yet - see you at there!

FestivalsKelli Hawkins