The public will have the opportunity to view locally made films that have been entered into the ‘Unique Stories’ film competition. The competition is part of the community fundraising, of which over $1.7 million has already been raised, for the Cultural Facility Development Project – a major project that will see the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive merge and move to an expanded Forrester Gallery site in 2019. Four weeks ago the film competition was opened to the public, schools, and both amateur and professional film makers, and the finalists’ entries will be shown at a special screening at the Oamaru Opera House on Friday 8 September. This screening will be open to the public, and give people the opportunity to see how the film makers see our place. Mayor Gary Kircher says the film competition has given people a great opportunity to tell their own stories about what’s special about the Waitaki district and put their own unique stamp on storytelling. “The criteria for each film was that it would be no more than three minutes in length and that it would be innovative and creative,” says Mayor Kircher.There are four categories:1. Schools; any size group, students must be involved in all stages of film-making but may have adult assistance. 2. 12 – 18 year olds; maximum four people per production team (not including actors) 3. Open (Amateur); maximum four people per production team (not including actors) 4. Open (Professional); if you have engaged in any paid film production work you will be deemed to fall into this category. Maximum four people per production team (not including actors)The finalists will be chosen and announced by acclaimed Emmy® Award winner and Natural History NZ film producer Ian McGee and the evening will be hosted by MC, and host of television’s Survivor NZ, Matt Chisholm. Tickets are just $5 per person and can be purchased from the Oamaru i-Site in Thames Street, and Council offices in Oamaru and Palmerston. They are also available by emailing event coordinator Lucianne White at firstname.lastname@example.org.