FAC co-ordinator Josie Gannon gets behind the camera.
FAC co-ordinator Josie Gannon gets behind the camera.

Co-op gets cameras rolling

If you’re a budding film maker or involved in the film industry, then the Film Artists Co-operative (FAC) wants you.


The group, which has been meeting regularly in Byron Bay for four years, consists of artists who enjoy networking, open discussion and the opportunity to collaborate in new projects.


Meetings feature project pitches, updates on works in progress, brainstorming sessions, guest speakers and open discussions regarding member projects.


“We have about 90 members in the group,” FAC co-ordinator Josie Gannon said.


“This area is full of so many creative people and the FAC wants to empower others to be involved and deliver creative and imaginative storytelling through film.”


Ms Gannon said the FAC did not receive any funding and it believed in a level playing field for all its members.


“We have camera operators, producers, directors, actors, editors, production designers, screenwriters, make-up artists, video journalists, YouTube enthusiasts, writers, website designers and many more,” she said.


“The FAC produces short dramas, mini documentaries and experimental films and in essence we are community film makers.


“We are hoping to promote our group and give it a more public profile.”


Ms Gannon said the FAC was also a mentoring group for young film students from the SAE College.


The FAC meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club.


At its next meeting on August 5, FAC member and award-winning film maker Michael Weatherhead will speak about his feature documentary film, ‘Return to Gaza’.


For more information about FAC, phone Ms Gannon on 0411 308 870.


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