Curtain drawn on the Bayside Film Festival

30 March 2015

The Bayside Film Festival will not go ahead this year after attempts to secure the participation of additional local schools were unsuccessful.

Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico said it was always a difficult decision to discontinue a program but it was Council’s job to make those difficult decisions when a service is not delivering value for money.

“Last year Council resolved that the curated program of local and international films would be discontinued and a modified Festival with an increased emphasis on the participation of local school students would take place in 2015 only if the number of Bayside schools participating in the program increased from three in 2014,” said Cr Frederico.

“Providing young people with opportunities for personal and professional development and self-expression has always been a very important function of the Bayside Film Festival.

“We are very disappointed that we have not been able to attract any more local schools, and regret the impact on the schools that would have otherwise participated.

“Participating schools have been notified and are understandably disappointed by this outcome.

“While the festival is not a commercial venture and ticket sales are not intended to recover the full cost of the festival, attendance and participation rates have been disappointingly low in recent years,” Cr Frederico said.

A review of arts and cultural services has recently commenced. This process will include further work to better understand the broader community needs relevant to the Festival, and more accurately determine the level of relative public value delivered. A report on the outcomes of the service review will be provided to Council in September 2015.

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