Film fest heading to town

The feature film 'Bilched', was created as a coming of age story, with the bulk of the cast and crew comprised of teenagers. Photo supplied.
The feature film 'Bilched', was created as a coming of age story, with the bulk of the cast and crew comprised of teenagers. Photo supplied.

Budding filmmakers will have an opportunity to feature their short films on the big screen when an Australian youth film festival heads to Forbes Town Hall on Tuesday, March 12.

The Film festival is centred around coming-of-age comedy, Bilched, written by Sydney teenager Hal Cumpston, and young people fare invited to submit their own films to be aired before each showing.

The film festival also heads to Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst, before moving south in an Australia-wide tour.

The title Bilched is a slang term for a “life changing adventure that defies logic”; the film is an honest and humorous look at life in the final days of high school. The film follows Hal on his mishap laden journey at an end of school house party.

Bilched writer, Hal Cumpston, said the film is irreverent, funny and relatable, and hopefully an antidote to the Australian film industry’s preoccupation with earnest adult drama.

The bulk of the cast and crew comprise teenagers with varying degree of professional experience.

“I wrote Bilched after complaining to my dad about the lack of quality Australian teen films around, there was this golden era in the 80s and after that the seminal coming of age films -  the really great ones like Dazed and Confused and Superbad –  have only come from the US and UK. Aussie teens are pretty funny, I wanted to capture that,” Hal said.

Successful short films submissions will be shown at local screenings and the best ones will be eligible for wider distribution and cash prizes.

To buy tickets or submit a film to the Bilched Film Festival, visit www.bilched.com