Scone Films bringing award-winning, world-class movies to its annual Scone Short Film Festival

Scone Films Catherine Boulton with Passengers graphic designer Fahimah Badrulhisham and producer and writer David Curzon at the 2018 Scone FilmFest.
Scone Films Catherine Boulton with Passengers graphic designer Fahimah Badrulhisham and producer and writer David Curzon at the 2018 Scone FilmFest.

YOU'VE probably seen it on television and the photos in the media and online of the red carpet outfits and famous personalities at Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in 1932 when the French, British and Americans set up an international cinematic event.

The first offering was planned for 1939 in Cannes but the beginning of World War II put an end to that.

On September 20, 1946, 21 countries presented their films at the inaugural Cannes International Film Festival, which took place in the former casino.

Over the years, it has attracted a lot of tourism and press attention, with the biggest names, and most promising rising stars descending upon the Riviera town to promote their newest movies.

With showbiz scandals, high-profile personalities and the glitz and glamour of celebrities in stunning dresses gracing the red carpet, and bikini-clad actresses posing on the beaches, there is always lots of coverage throughout the world.

Nearer to home, but still with world-class films, is the Scone Short Film Festival in September.

This is a celebration of Australian talent, and screens a fantastic selection of high-quality and entertaining movies.

"It's not all highbrow and arthouse, but an enjoyable event that you don't usually get to see outside of the major cities," Scone Films' Catherine Boulton said.

"The short film program is a bit like a selection box of chocolates; there are all sorts of films ranging from four-to-five minutes long and, if one is not to your taste, it's not long until the next one.

"So, save the dates - September 21 and 22 - in your diary.

"Do something different and try something new.

"Fantastic films, delicious food and wine, meet our film guests, and a thoroughly sociable and entertaining evening.

"There's an encore performance on Sunday with morning tea but no film guests.

"Scone Short Film Festival is an annual event that brings a little bit of Sydney's Tropfest or Flickerfest to Scone.

"It's unique to the area, bringing award-winning, world-class Australian films, some of which have screened around the world, to Scone."