The Dungog Film Festival will not be running this year, but the community still remains hopeful it will return next year.

The festival, which has run in the Hunter for the past seven years, has allowed Dungog to make its mark on the map and increase its tourism.

“Most of us- if not all of us- are disappointed that the festival is not happening but the film festival has had a positive effect on the town over the years,” said Dungog Mayor, Harold Johnston.

“We hope that it can come back in the future.”

The festival organisers have asked for the local council for help, however they were not in a position to assist.