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First Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival to screen Indigenous stories, troppo-noir and crocs under the stars at iconic Red Centre and Top End destinations

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For three weeks in 2018, some of Australia’s most sunburnt lands and tropical paradises will be transformed into spectacular outdoor movie theatres, showcasing the very best in local short films and ancestral stories as part of the inaugural Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival (NTTFF).

Natural auditoriums will pop-up across the state from 21 May to 9 June, starting in the Territory’s Red Centre in Alice Springs before making their way north up the Stuart Highway to the stunning Top End.

From the comfort of deck chairs, locals and tourists can enjoy screenings in iconic NT destinations – against the backdrop of Anzac Hill in Alice Springs, among the ruby boulders of Tennant Creek, nestled between the striking wetlands of Kakadu and by the ancient waterways of Nitimiluk National park, just outside of Katherine.

The curated 126-minute program will include 10 quintessentially Territorian short films that reflect the burgeoning crop of regional and Indigenous filmmakers, featuring a breadth of genres including regionally significant dreamtime stories, ‘croc-tastic’ comedies, ‘troppo-noir’ and cultural documentaries.

Film-hungry locals, travelling movie-buffs and adventurous tourists can expect serene NT nights filled with hilarious and heartfelt local storytelling underneath starry outback skies.

The NTTFF will also host groundbreaking screenings in remote communities including Tangentyere, Ntaria, Mungkarta, Elliot, Borroloola, Beswick, Gunbalanya, Barunga and Binjari. Local filmmakers and young people will have the chance to participate in workshops and see their own creations on the big screen before the program of shorts.

The inaugural program includes acclaimed award-winning films, including four SPARK short film initiative entries – SumatraLuredSnowdrops keep falling on my head (The mystery down under) and DEADLINE – four original works from the Indigenous Short Film Program  – Carry The FlagFinding MaawirranggaThe Greedy Emu and BAKALA, which touch on prevalent cultural issues and finding solace in ancestral locations and Capricornia Film Award gems Nulla Nulla and After Tracy.

The NT Government, Darwin Film Society and ACCOMPLICE have joined forces to present the Territory’s first ever cinematic roadshow.

Creative producer of NTTFF’s touring company, ACCOMPLICE, Britt Guy said the festival was an exciting opportunity to develop the region’s flourishing film scene.

“We’ve seen amazing growth and recognition in the Northern Territory’s film industry over the past few years thanks to recent industry initiatives SPARK, the Capricornia Films Award and the popularity of the Darwin International Film Festival and the iconic Deckchair Cinema,” Ms Guy said.

“NTTFF is proud to be supporting a new era of filmmaking in Australia’s North. We are excited to be sharing some of our best and eccentric silver screen tales, packed with plenty of Territory flair, with tourists and more than a dozen regional and remote communities and towns.”

NTTFF will officially launch its program and open bookings on 4 March in 2018 in Darwin during the beloved Deckchair Cinema’s Flixs in the Wet program.

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