Winton film festival boasts great mix of Aussie movies

Outback event’s reputation continues to grow on film festival circuit.

The best of Australia’s film industry will again be showcased at the eighth annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival in Winton.

The nine-day event, from 25 June to 3 July, will build on its growing reputation as a key part of the Australian film festival circuit. 

Festival Director Mark Melrose said it attracted Australians from near and far and played a key role in promoting outback Australia and the arts industry. Ticket sales last year were up 36% on the festival’s previous record year.

“Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception and found its voice on the Australian film festival circuit as a not-to-be-missed regional instalment,” Mr Melrose said.

“The pandemic has left a cultural void for many Australians and the festival presents a platform for local artists and creators to display their works – often providing the first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors.

“With the breathtaking backdrop of Winton and its surrounds, we’re able to create a truly unique outback experience that supports the local community and keeps festivalgoers coming back year-after-year.”

The festival will again feature screenings under the stars at Winton’s 103-year-old Royal Open Cinema, masterclasses, workshops and live entertainment.

Curator and Creative Director Greg Dolgopolov said this year’s program paid homage to the growing number of world-class Australian films and productions.

David Gulpilil and filmmaker Molly Reynolds.

Filmmaker Molly Reynolds with David Gulpilil.

“From Indigenous masterpiece My Name is Gulpilil to Hollywood blockbusters Penguin Bloom and The Dry, this year’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival showcases Australia’s breadth of talent and Winton’s international reputation as a captivating film destination,” Mr Dolgopolov said.

“Australia’s film industry has hit its stride in the past year, and the festival is an opportunity to encourage and inspire people across the industry from cinematography and production to sound and lighting.”

With respect to the local Koa people, the festival will also recognise the Year of Indigenous Tourism with the latest films featuring Indigenous stories and film tours with Indigenous guides.

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