RSL National is pleased to announce that it has signed on as principle sponsor for the 2016 Veterans’ Film Festival. Often veterans’ told their stories in RSL venues and the Film Festival offers a new way to share these stories and increase awareness of the issues faced by people who serve and their families. In 2015, the VFF attracted many young film makers some of whom explored the key issue of veteran homelessness.
The Festival runs from 13-15 October with screenings at the Australian War Memorial. A launch event will be held on 3 August 2016 in Canberra.
Already 40 films have been received that showcase the human stories of those affected by war including combatants, veterans, their families and communities from Australia, Russia, Iran, Canada, the UK, US and Serbia. This includes feature films such as the award-winning Canadian drama Hyena Road, which was written and directed by Paul Gross and stars Rossif Sutherland (son of actor Donald Sutherland). Hyena Road tells the story of a Canadian sniper team in Afghanistan.
The RSL in partnership with the Festival hopes to encourage greater understanding of the many and varied experiences of war. We look forward to recognising all film makers involved in the Festival, including those that may receive one of the highly coveted Red Poppy Awards. Submissions are now being accepted at http://veteransfilmfestival.com/