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The RPP FM award winning Arts About! program and it’s presenters Sally Baillieu, Peter Swan and Kaarin Fairfax will cover the 3rd annual Peninsula Short Film Festival this Saturday, 1 February and will feature on their program the following Sunday.

On the same evening, RPP FM is broadcasting live from the Blues at the Briars festival and will take live crosses from the Arts About! team at the Peninsula Short Film Festival in Rosebud.

Some years ago Australian actor Steve Bastoni and business partner Tony Ladiges discussed a much needed ‘platform’ to support, encourage and promote the rich and raw talent of Australian filmmakers and actors who wanted to have a go. Hence, the Peninsula Short Film Festival was born.

Now in it’s third year, the Short Film Festival keeps getting bigger and better with a line up of Australian actors and personalities who form a panel to judge 12 short films entered by ‘hopeful’ filmmakers and writers. Actors joining the panel this year are Lachy Hulme (Howzatt & Offspring), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana, Bed of Roses & Seachange), Debra Byrne (Fat Tony), Anthony Hayes (Rabbit Proof Fence, The Slap, Animal Kingdom), Jane Hall  (Neighbours) and Shane Jacobson (Kenny)  to name a few. Singer and TV presenter David Reyne will MC the night.

Steve Bastoni was interviewed recently on RPP FM’s Wednesday Drive Time program by presenter Dennis Gist and Jacki Mitchell’s Taking Care of Business program and said, “The competition is at grassroots level and is used as a springboard in to the film industry.” He added, “It’s an opportunity if you have talent and passion and we are amazed at the high level of entries this year who will be judged by the panel.“

First prize of $5,000 is on offer as well as $2,500 for second and $1,250 for third prize.

With the festival now having the support of Film Australia, the opportunities for amateur filmmakers to be recognised has increased.

The Peninsula Short Film Festival opens at 4pm on 1 February on the Village Green, Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. There will be a real carnival atmosphere for the family with a jumping castle, food and drink vendors and of course an opportunity to see famous Australian actors and watch 12 short films made by budding filmmakers.

Bring your picnic basket, blanket, chair and aerogard and enjoy!

Screenings commence at 7pm and entry is FREE.

Like previous Peninsula Short Film Festival, this event is not to be missed.

For more details go to www.peninsulashortfilmfest.com.au

The Arts About! program with presenters Peter ‘Swanny’ Swan, Sally Baillieu, John Baird and guests is aired every Sunday at 11am on 98.7FM & Frankston 98.3FM and repeated Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 11am. Steve Bastoni is a regular guest of Arts About! and a friend of the radio station.

RPP FM is an excited new media partner of the Peninsula Short Film Festival.

Words Debra Mar