And what a hootenanny it was! With film makers and good timers coming out of the woodworks near and far to celebrate this collision of creativity and and class set against the wintery backdrop of our beloved Tumbarumba.

2- 4 August this year saw Nest and our neighbouring RSL Hall transform to a sparkling Woodland setting welcoming locals, filmmakers, celebrities and friends from Sydney, Canberra, Wagga, Albury, Melbourne and the locality of Tumba – Tumut – Walwa – Tooma parts.  After months of planning, fretting, laughing, editing, marketing, building, gathering, tiring, convincing, shopping, brainracking, baking, testing etc etc Woodland number II was here.

Friday Night of The Informal Shorts was the official opening of films and punters enjoyed popcorn fizzy drink and a relaxed fun vibe watching an assortment of short and not so short films.  Audience Choice award of a Mannus Wine Gift Pack had to be split between two amusing entries Phil Hendersons Animation of “How to Eat a Giraffe” and our own Festival Directors film “Kirk v Picard”.  Close behind would had to have been the short heart gripping drama “Telegram Man” starring Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton & Gary Sweet.  Twas a fabulous start to the weekend getting us all in  the mood for more films and frivolity.

Saturday mornings Market was a top turnout featuring local wares and thankfully no rain!  Matinee film features heralded praise from film goers with their contrasting styles of Music Doco “Larrikin Lad” and Canadian Gangster film “Double Nickels on the Dime”

With the Gala Spectacular looming, outdoor fires were lit, Nest girls were busily preparing a sumptuous feast, sound checks and hundreds of candles were lit and nervous filmmakers,  (and directors) prepared to make their entrance.  Guests dolled up in their furs and finery began to arrive at nest with Paparazzi, drinks and delicacies to greet them.  The Thrillseekers accoustic trio served up schmoozy tunes to schmooze to as the pre show feast continued.   To match the swanky style of our guests the Nest team led by Angela dished up delectables like Fresh Truffled Spaetzel, Beer & Beef Baby Pies, Petit Parsnip & Apple Soup, Pulled Lamb & Tzatziki Sliders, Cones of Sweet Potato Fries, Tasty little Tarragon Chicken Pies while the celebrated local wines flowed.

 

A walk up the Red Carpet into the indoor forest of films where Jamie Way hosted the evenings collection of films, more fine food (oh! for another cup of that Raspberry Peppermint FairyFloss Icecream) and foot-stomping tunes by Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers.  Lucky door and fashions in the forest prizes made a few guests night even brighter but accolades have to go to our film makers and especially those who travelled over for the event – Tiffany Hulm & Lucy Alcorn, Charlotte Earl, Jack Hurley, Sebastian Chan, Atticus & Edmund Blenkins, Harriet Whiteley and the charismatic Matthew Koh. We love you and your work!

Judges Neill Overton, Jan Smith and Fred Goldsworthy deserve a huge applause too and well, they can’t hear that so pat on the back when you spot them for their diligent efforts and wise words in determining the awards- all of whom did it voluntarily for the cause.

An ultra large thank you and eternal appreciation goes to Hyne – our local corporate neighbour who generously invested in Woodland making it possible to put on a show of such calibre. They are topshelf folks running a topshelf Aussie company.   More thanks goes to sponsors Tumba Shire Council, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Courabyra Wines, Blessed Bean Coffee, Mannus Wines for their donations to the event.

Tumbarumba shined in it’s winter glory with its natural beauty, a first class hootenanny and charming locals; the out-of-towners are already planning their next trip back.

After the last tree was pulled down, a recovery breakfast of sticky sweet french toast and a couple of lattes, a sense of relief and joy swelled sensing the enjoyment experienced by many over the festival weekend. The kind that only comes with a collaboration of fine folks and friends who share that silly sense of adventure.  Cheers to all who were part of Woodland 2013 and see you at the 2014 quest!