Dungog's youngest filmmakers are getting ready for their red carpet event as the Rolling Hills Film Festival approaches. The festival involves 38 short films made by students from eight different schools from across the Shire, Dungog, Clarence Town, Glen William, Gresford, Paterson, Stroud and Vacy public schools and Dungog High School. Three children who produced a short film for the festival, Ruby Auer, Clementine Egan and Millani Skeers, are all year two students from Clarence Town Public School "Our film is called Christmas Mischief and it's about an elf on a shelf that does lots of mischief," Clementine said. "He puts toilet paper everywhere and does a salt and sugar swap, he puts makeup on us, he puts a message on the fridge and he rides a reindeer to the presents." The three girls took turns acting and taking videos in the stop motion short film. The three unanimously agreed that the best part of making the film was when they got to eat the chocolate they used while filming. "He got chocolate all over his face. The best part was getting to eat the chocolate," Milani said. Sheridan Thomas is a teacher at Clarence Town Public School who has helped students in a range of different ages create four different films to enter into the film festival. For Ms Thomas, the best part has been seeing students let their creative elements out in a way that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. "I've really enjoyed working with the students, seeing their creative elements coming out and seeing them being able to plan and seeing a project from beginning to end because there actually was a lot of work coming up with the ideas and planning," she said. "They learnt to look at current events, look at audience appeal, costume design, stage design, special effects, putting films together." Teacher from Vacy Public School, Lachlan Prior came up with the Rolling Hills Film Festival in 2020 with Gillian Manning from Dungog High School. However Mr Prior said this year is the first year the festival has had a sponsor, Brimble Rail, which has allowed the festival to organise transport to and from the festival for the students. "We've got sponsorship from Brimble Rail now, that's allowed us to get everybody in for free," he said. "Schools are pretty disparate and that takes a bit to get everybody here so it's exciting that we can do that." The community screening of the Rolling Hills Film Festival is on Monday, October 16 at 6pm at the James Theatre. Tickets are $5. Students are attending a screening on Tuesday, October 17.