Moree success at 2019 North West Film Festival

Moree is currently producing some talented filmmakers, with locals dominating at the recent North West Film Festival.

The festival awards night, held in Inverell on Friday, November 29, saw Moree produce four winning films, a runner-up and a highly commended.

Moree's Merri-May Gill backed up from her win in the Community Narrative section last year, this time taking out the Community Documentary award for her mockumentary, Golden BS | Dust to Dollars - a tongue-in-cheek film about innovate ways local grazier Andrew O'Neill can make some extra cash in the drought.

The film had already gone somewhat viral on social media last month - the latest check was more than 300,000 views on the original video on Facebook - and now it has impressed the judges at the North West Film Festival.

"It's super," Merri-May said of her win.

"It's recognition but it's not so much about winning, it's about participating and supporting that festival.

"It's nice to have the opportunity to chat to people in the industry and get ideas. You've got to try and think outside the square now, a bit like the film."

Merri-May's Rabbit Hop Films boss, Sascha Estens, also from Moree, was named runner up in the Community Documentary category for her film The Quiet Farmer.

Fellow Moree creative Kerrie Matchett took out first place with Jacq and her guitar in the Community Short Shorts section.

Moree's other big winner was Moree Secondary College's year 10 drama class, who received two wins and a highly commended from their six entries into the festival.

How, by Kaylib Taunton, Annabelle Latimer and Amylee Cleal took out the top spot in the Secondary Short Shorts section, making it the second year in a row that the school has won this category.

"We did it on discovery, which is one of our themes in class," Kaylib said of the film.

"In the film, I've found a pair of shoes on the edge of a balcony. I found them, try and get them and then it went down from there with teachers catching me."

Year 10 drama teacher TJ Trainor said students create short, 60 second films as a warm-up in class, which challenges them to use different shots and see what they can come up with in only one minute.

Each of the 10 students in the class were required to create films as part of their assessment, so these were entered into the festival.

One student however decided to have a go at creating her own film, much to the rest of the class' surprise.

Lamonay Brown won the Secondary Purely Creative section with her beautiful film, Sisters of the Mehi, filmed on traditional Aboriginal land and based on a poem her mother wrote called Matriarch.

"It's about passing on knowledge and taking that knowledge for future generations; learning from the past and taking it to the future," Lamonay explained.

Lamonay said she wasn't expecting to win, she was just happy her film was named a finalist.

"My pop was really happy [with my win]; when I told him he jumped up and broke his glasses," she said.

"The whole class was shocked and proud," Ms Trainor added.

"Lamonay is a very creative student when it comes to production and costuming and films."

Lamonay also had success in the Secondary Narrative category with her group. also consisting of Annabelle, Kaylib and Maddy Penfold, who received a highly commended for their film St Drought High School, a mockumentary about a made-up school.

Ms Trainor said she was proud of the whole class.