Postcard Merimbula hosts the Far South Film Festival

The Picture Show Man cinema in Merimbula will host screenings of the Far South Film Festival on Saturday 20 August. Photo: Sats Kramer.

Dust off your lounge suit, hone your local film knowledge and book a cultural weekend in Merimbula in August.

The third annual Far South Film Festival heads to the coast where you can rub shoulders with local impresarios, actors, directors, producers, singers and moviegoers and bask in the light of the big screen.

Born in 2020 during COVID-19, the festival can finally showcase its exciting industry and weekend filled with screenings, Q&A panels, parties, an awards ceremony, in-person networking and events. unique culinary experiences.

Hosted by The Picture Show Man cinema, the refurbished country-style Twyford Hall and various local restaurants, the third edition of the regional film festival will bring the seaside town to life from August 19-21.

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Festival director Lis Shelley said the festival committee is extremely happy that 2022 will mean an in-person event.

“We can’t wait to finally roll out the red carpet,” she said. “Watching a movie on the big screen makes such a difference to the enjoyment of it and the job of the cinematographer and sound crew in particular.

“It also means that viewers can meet the filmmakers and the filmmakers can feel the reaction in the room to their work.”

The festival moved to a 100% online model in 2020. Then in 2021, the lockdown was announced a week after the event’s in-person debut.

Despite the disappointment, the team was well prepared for an online alternative and the festival didn’t miss a beat.

Exclusively for regional Australian filmmakers, where at least two of the main creators – writer/director/producer – must reside in a regional area, the 2022 festival attracted entries from across Australia, including young regional and First Nations filmmakers. Nation.

Organizers received around 24 entries for the open and youth categories, including many from the South Coast and Canberra areas.

Last year’s Canberra entries included Funhouse Studio Diversity’s award-winning film ‘The Girl on the Moon’, which used the ACT’s new 24-metre LED sound stage/studio at Watson.

South Coast Film Entrance Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr.

The South Coast film entry ‘Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr’ won Best Film 2021. Pictured: Hiromi Matsuoka.

Lis says that “the quality has improved even more, like every year”.

Many films from previous festivals have won awards, including the popular animated film “The Quiet” by Radheya Jagatheya from WA, which won the award for best children’s film 2020. You can see The Quiet here.

A Friday night launch party at Twyford Hall in Merimbula will open the long-awaited in-person festival with live music, dancing, silent film sets, sensational food and a bar.

The Picture Show Man Cinema will host daytime screenings of several festival categories on Saturday. It will also feature the first live Q&A panel with special guest Australian producer, director and actress Rosie Lourde.

“We’re also planning a one-time dinner for festival-goers on Saturday night in a sort of ‘blind date’ scenario,” Lis says. “We have reserved tables at various local restaurants and invited people to sign up to dine with other random festival fans – there will no doubt be plenty of post-movie crawls and new friendships made!”

The festival returns to Twyford Hall on Sunday when another group of shortlisted films will screen. Then the highly anticipated festival prizes will take over the afternoon.

The festival will also present an online program to audiences across Australia as a video on demand from Friday August 19 until August 31 at midnight.

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“One of the benefits of an online festival is that it provides a platform for these great regional stories to be told to audiences across Australia – stories that would otherwise not be seen outside of their own region,” says Lis.

“Online audience is a good thing of Covid.

“We’ll be asking all audiences to vote for their two favorite movies for the People’s Choice Award, so everyone can have their say. This will be announced on our social media and website on September 1st.

You can pre-purchase individual festival films or film bundles and watch them on video-on-demand from home.

For more details, visit and follow the festival on Facebook

Original article published by Lisa Herbert on Riotact.

Gerald R. Schneider