Vision Splendid

Unique outback film festival returns to Winton.

With a population of less than 900, Winton in western Queensland may seem an unlikely place for an international film festival. 

However, the outback town has a reputation as a premiere filming location with its rocky outcrops, long straight roads and desert plains the perfect location for films such as Nick Cave’s The Proposition, Mystery Road and Goldstone.

Film buffs will gather at Australia’s ‘Hollywood of the outback’ 18-28 September for the seventh annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

Festivalgoers will be immersed in a unique nine-day program including screenings under the stars in Winton’s 102-year-old Royal Open Cinema, masterclasses, workshops and live entertainment.

Centred around the theme ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, the festival’s 2020 program will celebrate Australia’s love affair with travel, adventure and blue skies, showcasing the nation’s pioneering spirit in films.


Festival Director Mark Melrose said the unique festival attracted adventurers and movie buffs alike, while also playing a key role in promoting the Australian film industry.

“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,” Mr Melrose said.

“The program supports homegrown talent and feature films made in Australia, often providing the first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors.

“The rugged, red surrounds of Winton make it the perfect location to host the largest film festival dedicated to Australian film.”

Australian actor Steve Le Marquand, who was honoured with a star at Winton’s Walk of Fame in 2019, said the festival was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Australia on and off screen. 

“There is no better time to support local and plan an adventure in our own backyard,” he said.

“The festival not only showcases the amazing Australian spirit on screen, you also get to experience the beauty of the outback landscape and hospitality.”

All information in this story was correct at the time of writing. Please check the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival website for updates.