The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, the world’s largest film festival dedicated to Australian films will officially launch today Wednesday, May 15 at Premier’s Hall, Parliamentary Annexe.
The anticipated launch is an exciting prelude for the heralded sixth annual The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival set to take place in the enchanting outback town of Winton, Queensland from June 28 to July 6.
The 2019 festival is set to be the biggest to date with the event theme titled Great Big Adventure, highlighting not only the adventures of people coming to Winton but also Australian actors who have travelled far and wide bringing a little of Australia to Hollywood and beyond.
The festival director Mark Melrose says with the festival just weeks away film fans and movie lovers best start planning their trip to the Hollywood of the Outback.
“We are proud to be launching yet another fantastic festival today and look forward to inspiring and enticing our guests with an exciting lineup of celebrated local and international talent for a spectacular nine days of film,” says Mr Melrose.
“With festival passes now on sale we encourage guests to start planning their very own Great Big Adventure to Winton.”
Born from the desire to celebrate the creativity and history of the Australian film industry in a very special, highly cinematic location, the festival shines a light on Australian films and independent filmmakers.
The festival’s creative director Dr Greg Dolgopolov says he is excited to welcome guests back to Winton to experience a bigger than ever program aimed at giving the whole family a cinematic experience rich in culture and heritage.
“Long regarded for its nod to Australia’s cinematic history, Winton has inspired numerous cinematic masterpieces and provided an idyllic backdrop to many iconic movies,” says Dr Dolgopolov.
“It is fitting that a festival dedicated to honouring and celebrating Australian cinema takes place in this outback town and we look forward to welcoming visitors from Australia and all over the world who will make the pilgrimage into the centre of Queensland for a film experience unlike any other.”
Visitors at this year’s event will enjoy a collection of Australia’s favourite cult classics with throwback screenings of the nation’s most loved and iconic movies, along with new Australian premieres, the chance to have Breakfast with the Stars at the iconic North Gregory Hotel, and the opportunity to salute Winton’s heritage as the Royal Open Air Theatre celebrates 101 years of movie magic under the stars.
To help the little ones feel at home, a daily kid’s club will keep the smallest of film fanatics entertained with movie-themed games, arts and crafts, and a line-up of child-friendly films on rotation.
Each year the festival holds its Qantas Short Film Festival giving filmmakers from Australia and the world the chance to produce a seven-minute film addressing the 2019 festival theme. The finalist submissions will be screened at the festival as a special event that always sells out.
The festival is one of the seven chosen events of the 2019 Outback Calendar declared by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as part of The Year of the Outback and supported through Tourism and Events Queensland featuring on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, worth $800m to the state’s economy in 2019.
To purchase tickets or to find out more information visit www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com.