The biggest Australian Film Festival, the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, is gearing up to take place from September 18 – 26. Hosted in the iconic Australian town Winton, the event is inspired by other independent festivals including Sundance Film Festival. It will be the place to go for all film lovers and road trippers this spring!
In fact, it’s the largest film festival dedicated to Australian cinema and it focuses on the inspiring work of the local film industry. In addition, it will have workshops, films, live entertainment and tours, all for you to enjoy! The 102-year-old Royal Open Cinema will also show screenings for attendees to watch under the starry skies. This provides a fresh aired setting to relax and observe awesome Australian work.
The festival also celebrates the community of the town Winton. This small town has the reputation of “Hollywood in the Outback”. Teams have filmed several major film productions in its rugged yet breathtaking scenery.
This includes Nick Cave’s “Proposition” and Ivan Sen’s “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone“. Producer Bill Leimbach also commenced filming Waltzing Matilda at Winton, an epic Australian film. Not to mention the History Channel recently filming a Texan Documentary for a new mini-series!
Day one of the festival will kick off the opening night film and party (Slim and I). For nine whole days you can watch an array of Australian films, with the Short Film Competition ending the festival. This is the biggest night of the event, where organisers get independent film makers from Australia and around the world to make a short film based on the theme ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’. The whole family can spend the night enjoying the work of emerging filmmakers, made during the festival itself. Then at the end, you can all vote for your favourites by throwing paper planes in the air.
“Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival looks to encourage and inspire people across the whole breadth of the industry from cinematography and production to sound and lighting. The program supports homegrown talent and feature films made in Australia. It often provides the first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors,” says festival Director Mark Melrose.
“The rugged, red surrounds of Winton make it the perfect location to host the largest film festival dedicated to Australian film…”
Whether travelling through Winton during a road trip or driving to the remarkable and remote town, the family will never run out of entertainment with the Qantas Museum (yes, this outback town is the birthplace of Qantas!), Australia’s biggest dinosaur stampede and the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
Find more things to do and upcoming events HERE.