The 2019 North West Film Festival has been hailed as a triumph by judges, filmmakers and audience members alike.
The standard of entries in this year's event submitted by the regions dazzlingly talented filmmakers, was exceptional, with Luke Oldknow from Tamworth taking out the Best Film of the Festival.
The Festival Awards on Friday evening, hosted by actor Rob Carlton, as well as the opportunity to hear Rachel Ward candidly discuss her career in conversation with the talented host, were the highlights of the event.
Travelling from across the region to attend the spectacular event, many choose to stay overnight in Inverell to participate in the workshops and attend the fabulous array of film screenings.
Special guest, Rachel Ward, described the Festival as "inspirational", sharing with the audience that she had been "completely invigorated" by attending the event.
Festival Director, Sandy McNaughton, was thrilled by the response from the Festival judges as well as audience members.
"The Festival has truly been a celebration of what we are able to achieve as rural communities who have a strong voice, believe in ourselves and the stories we have to tell,' she said.
"It is a reflection on the importance of coming together to share our stories and our resilience, which is such a vital part of who we are, particularly in the face of such adversity."
The North West Film Festival is grateful to the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, as well as Create NSW, for their generous support.
- Photos contributed by Meg Hanlon.