Magma Short Film Festival 2011 features top workshops for aspiring filmmakers

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Forty-four films from around the globe will be screened in Rotorua over four days in what has been described by organisers as the Magma Short Festivals biggest event yet

Rotorua District Council community arts officer and festival co-founder and organiser Kiri Jarden says this years event promises not only a high number of high quality short films but also workshops that may encourage others to submit their movies in the future.

This years festival features five filmmaking workshops suitable for every age group.

From stunning animation, to drama, thriller and kids films, the festival has grown over the years to incorporate quality workshops with some of the countrys most experienced filmmakers keen to share their craft with other aspiring filmmakers.

The New Zealand Film Commission will team up with Nga Aho Whakaari to look at what it takes to bring Maori stories to the screen; writers Alan Brash and Nick Ward will present workshops to further develop and hone writing skills; the team from V48 give potential film crews a heads-up on getting the best out of filmmaking on the hoof; and the Newtown Movie School will run workshops for kids aged between 8 and 18 years old.

The workshops run between 29 April and 1 May at various venues, and some include a registration fee. Register for workshops online at www.magmafilm.org.nz.

Tickets for the Magma Short Film Festival 2011 are available from McLeods Booksellers. There will also be door sales.

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