Producer Shauna Maguire, Travelling Film Festival manager Alicia Emery, Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson and Sydney Film Festival Paul Struthers at the opening of the Travelling Film Festival at the Saraton Theatre. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Producer Shauna Maguire, Travelling Film Festival manager Alicia Emery, Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson and Sydney Film Festival Paul Struthers at the opening of the Travelling Film Festival at the Saraton Theatre. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Valley supports silver screen

IT SEEMS Cannes and Berlin aren't the only destinations that love a good film festival.

Clarence Valley cinema fans made sure of that over the weekend and in doing so have ensured the Travelling Film Festival will be back in 2015.

Hundreds of film-goers were out and about over the festival's four days, which saw a diverse program of international and local feature films and shorts being screened at Grafton's Saraton Theatre and the Yamba Cinema.

Debbie McCredie from the Yamba Cinema said they had a wonderful response to the festival, with more than 500 people attending the six screenings.

"All the movies were enjoyed very much, with good positive comments from people after every screening," she said.

"They were all very appreciative of the festival being here. A lot of them purchased festival passes so they got to see all six films."

Nicki Holmes, of Maclean, said she loved it and went to every session.

"I'm a big film buff but never get the chance to see anything like this unless I go to Sydney or Brisbane so I really loved the opportunity," she said.

Saraton Theatre manager Michelle Gilbert said more than 600 people came through the theatre's art deco doors during the festival.

"Everyone loved it and were happy that something this great had finally come to Grafton," Ms Gilbert said.

Despite the initial resistance about films with subtitles, Ms Gilbert said the numbers proved otherwise.

"It was a great weekend, people who didn't know one another would come out of a film and have a chat in the foyer about it," she said.

Ms Gilbert said the most popular film was the Italian Academy Award winner The Great Beauty.

"We sold out of choc tops that night," she said.

"They all wanted an ice cream, which was a pretty Italian thing to do."

The Saraton Theatre got such a great response they are planning to screen more foreign and independent films at the venue.

"We hope to do it on a Sunday afternoon or evening, once or twice a month," Ms Gilbert said.

"It will just depend on what's available."



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