NORTH BELLARINE is set to open its first film festival in November to showcase local and international talent.
The festival will run from November 17 to 19, across three venues in Drysdale and Portarlington, presenting international feature films, Australian short films and animation shorts.
The idea to launch a festival came after the Portarlington Film Society organised its own in-house event last year called Celebration of Film. It was so well received by the local community that the Society decided to become a separate official entity and open a festival for the public to enjoy.
North Bellarine Film Festival secretary and society member, Pearl Wilson, said they had curated a comprehensive program with global interest.
“We are delighted with the response we have received as this is an inaugural event for the Bellarine. We want to deliver quality films to the local community as it’s hard for them, unless they travel to Melbourne,” Ms Wilson said.
The Festival will screen four international films exclusively at The Potato Shed’s Black Box Theatre in Drysdale.
In conjunction with the Festival, other events will take place across the three venues on the north of the Bellarine Peninsula, including a symposium for film makers, displays of drones and virtual reality, and a film screening for children.
“People can expect quality entertainment and thought-provoking films. The feature films on the Saturday and Sunday will have a refugee theme, and there are international films from Sweden, France and Iran that will be subtitled,” Ms Wilson said.
The NBFF is planned to be an annual event and Ms Wilson said the society was already working on next year’s film festival. The NBFF is supported by RMIT University, the Federation of Victorian Film Societies, Blue Pen Publishing, the Portarlington Neighbourhood House, and the Portarlington Film Society.
Programs will be launched over the coming months and tickets will go on sale in September. For more information visit the NBFF website.