Lights, camera, action!

After the resounding success of the inaugural NSWNA Nurses Short Film Festival in May this year, the event will take place again in 2010, so it’s time to start getting creative.

Around 200 people attended the opening night in Sydney and the Union has taken the festival around NSW to rural areas. In addition to tapping into members’ inner filmmakers, the event has helped to lift the spirits of nursing teams across the state.

‘One of the entries, Finding Florence, involved the whole community team at Taree, so every single person in that nursing team participated in the filmmaking,’ said Lynne Ridge, NSWNA marketing and campaigns organiser.

‘They loved it. They reckon it gave them a real lift and inspired them. It’s a nice way for nurses to celebrate their jobs.’

Some members were so inspired by what they saw at this year’s festival they’re already planning a film of their own. ‘After we screened it at Albury the nurses sat around at the end and worked out what they were going to do next year,’ said Lynne. ‘They want to put a film in, and that’s happened all over.’

And don’t be put off if you’ve never made a film: the Union will once again be sponsoring 14 lucky nurses to attend the two-day NIDA film-making workshop in early December.

The festival will be held around the time of International Nurses Day in May next year.

More details, including eligibility criteria and training dates, will appear in upcoming issues of The Lamp and on the NSWNA website.