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On Monday18 June, the MFF Sydney Team Betty and Peter made a special announcement and presentation at the NAFA Choc Top Seminar. The MFF Sydney team were invited to present information regarding the upcoming opportunities with the MFF 2012.

Betty introduced the MFF and its history, while Peter talked about how local filmmakers can submit films to the MFF.

Together the MFF Sydney Team provided an insight and informative session into the strong links of Macedonian cinema of the past and the present.

NAFA is a networking group of Australian actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers renowned for being creative and productive. They strongly believe in chasing opportunities to succeed in a tough industry.

NAFA has joined MFF as a supporter and strongly believes in the cause of MFF. The event was chaired by the NAFA Team consisting of Mr Tony Chu and Mr Sidat de Silva.

Special guest of the night included:

Martha Ansara who has been recording oral histories with cinematographers for over 35 years.

This project has now come to fruition in the form of a coffee-table book, The Shadowcatchers. She has made films with Essie “Bush Queen” Coffey in far north-western NSW, bikie gang members in the Pilbara, suburban Palestinian refugees, Fremantle wharfies, One Nation activists in Ipswich, fashion designer Jenny Kee in the Blue Mountains, and iconic Australian actors in a variety of locations.

John Platt who throughout his 28 years in the industry his passion for stills photography has remained strong and seen him amass a collection of over 20,000 images.

John’s first film was The Coolangatta Gold, working as clapper loader for the Steadicam unit. Since then he has worked on over fifty productions from feature films, miniseries, movies-of-the-week, and TV shows both in Australia and Canada.

* Special mention also goes out to local Australian Macedonian filmmaker and producer Mr Ben Kumanovski from Global Pictures who was in attendance and joined in the panel discussion and networking.

Ben also announced his intentions to submit another short film to the MFF 2012.

The Choc Top event at NAFA was attended by local film makers, producers, actors and screen writers. It was a great opportunity to network with the industry and we found much interest in MFF.

It was pleasing to hear that a NAFA member had just returned from Cannes, where they saw another Macedonian hit film The Third Half, and was “raving” about it.

We thank NAFA for their ongoing support, and look forward to spreading the MFF message and culture throughout the wider film industry.

As a result of joining this group, I am certain that we will have several NAFA Members and their friends attend MFF 2012.

MFF – Sydney Team (Betty and Peter).