If you're looking for reasons/excuses to head towards the Sunshine Coast over the next few weeks, here's a few ideas to get you started!
Noosa International Film Festival
Held from the 25th-28th of October (this weekend!), this is an excellent destination for any film buffs out there.
The NIFF 2018 program includes the Queensland premiere of Heath Davis' new film 'Book Week', and the award-winning environmental documentary 'Living in the Future's Past', narrated by Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges.
Australian talent shines through the 200 entries from 25 different countries, with Australian short film The Bookshop nominated for 'Best Comedy'. Tipped to be a standout hit at the festival, the film centres on a desperate writer who tries to woo a publisher in order to convince her to take on his manuscript...but his arrogance may have got in the way of something more than just a book deal.
The Bookshop made its Australian debut at the Canberra Short Film Festival last month, then travelled to Germany to screen at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival. Later this month it will screen at the Sydney Indie Film Festival.
If spotting and supporting Australian talent is your thing, then this is a great opportunity to catch some of the cast and crew at the festival.
Cast and crew attending will include writer/director Ashley Pollard, cinematographer Benjamin Powell, and stars Alastair Osment and Emily Gruhl. Alistair has starred in TV productions including Top Of The Lake: China Girl, Deadline Gallipoli, Rake and Home and Away. Emily Gruhl can be seen in the reimagining of Picnic At Hanging Rock and recently completed filming on the feature Angel of Mine, starring alongside Noomi Rapace.
Outside of scheduled film screenings, the festival vibe is boosted by local music & entertainment, as well as invaluable workshops, masterclasses, networking sessions, and panel discussions from industry professionals.
For more information about the Noosa International Film Festival, go to: www.niff.com.au
Halloween on the Marina
For a free, family-friendly annual event, head to the Noosa Marina on Wednesday 31st of October for a spooky night on the water!
Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in any costume and get in on the seasonal fun with music, scary food stalls, and even spooky boat rides! For the kids, there are trick or treat giveaways, magician entertainment, balloons, and face painting.
If you can't make it on Halloween night, head down for a leisurely Sunday brunch on the marina and take a relaxed stroll amongst the eclectic mix of stalls for their weekly local markets. The Noosa Marina markets operate every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, and showcase everything from local produce, to craft items, to local and interstate music.
Did you know; Noosa is the largest Olympic-distance triathlon in the world!
For the sports lovers, this 5-day festival running from October 31st-Nov 4th can be experienced through spectating or through participating in one of many social, entertainment, or sports events. Many events focus on promoting and celebrating healthy and active lifestyles, as well as putting the spotlight on charities.
Aerial View - as shown on the Noosa Triathlon's website