FILM-MAKERS are gearing up to shine a light on the resilience of the Snowy Valleys through the final installment of the Arbour Festival.
The Woodland Film Festival will begin on January 30, breaking its four-year hiatus.
Featuring shortlisted film entries from across the globe, including short film Sweet Tooth narrated by Cate Blanchett which stands as the last film to be made in the Sugar Pines Forest before the devastating fire in 2020.
Guests are invited to Pilot Hill Arboretum, just beyond Batlow, to experience a night of international and local films in the forest, surrounded by soaring trees which survived the Dunns Road Fire.
For the first time in its history, the Festival will fulfill the original vision - staging the event in the true forest setting it was inspired by.
Finalists who will be screened on the night range from local entries from Wagga to international submissions from Iran, Argentina and the UK.
The featured short film Sweet Tooth, directed by Shannon Ashlyn and narrated by Cate Blanchett, is a dark and magical short film set in a fictional European town in 1780 inspired by the classic story of Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.
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The evening will include the Woodland 2021 Award Presentation with live music from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman, as well as special guest appearances from celebrity chef Paul West, actor and producer Katherine Shearer, founder of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley and visual culture academic Dr Neill Overton.
Sip local craft beers, ciders and wines over the evening, with gourmet delights from Tumbarumba's famous Nest Cinema Cafe.
Tickets are on sale now and the full Arbour Festival program can be found at their website: https://www.arbourfestival.com/