The stage is set for another spectacular display of Australian cinematic talent as the 7th annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival returns to Winton, Australia’s Hollywood of the Outback this September 18 to 26.

Spread across a nine-day program, festival goers will immerse in the unique outback experience, with screenings under the stars in Winton’s 102-year old Royal Open Cinema, along with masterclasses, workshops and live entertainment. Centred around the 2020 theme, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the program celebrates Australia’s love affair with travel, adventure and blue skies, showcasing the nation’s pioneering spirit in films.

Drawing on the legacy of independent festivals like Sundance Film Festival, Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is the largest film festival dedicated to Australian cinema and looks to highlight the inspiring works of the local film industry. Closer to its core, the festival celebrates the Winton community, with many locals heavily involved in the production of the event.

Festival Director Mark Melrose says the festival’s unique offering attracts adventures and movie buffs alike, while also playing a key role in promoting Outback Australia and 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 – it’s home to international actor Jason Clarke and iconic films including Goldstone, Mystery Road and The Proposition,” he says.

Renowned actor Steve Le Marquand who was honoured with a star at Winton’s Walk of Fame in 2019, says the festival is 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. The festival not only showcases the amazing Australian spirt on screen, you also get to experience the beauty of the outback landscape and hospitality,” he said.  “My daughter Charlie and I had a great time in Winton last year – Charlie even helped direct one of the short films a part of the student program.”

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program during the Year of Outback Tourism 2020.

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