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The Australian Adventure Travel Film Festival 2013

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Blood-pumping action at Bright this weekend
adventure film festival @ Bright
Be inspired by great adventure films!

The second annual Australian Adventure Film Festival is on again in beautiful Bright, in north-east Victoria. The 2013 Adventure Film Festival complements the UK and USA festivals, and showcases the best independent adventure travel films from around the world.

Over the weekend of 15-17 February, 2013, you will have the chance to see exciting (and probably some nerve-wracking) movies by some of the best-known and gutsiest adventurers.

adventure film festival @ Bright
© Dario Diament |

Names you might recognise include: Jon Muir, one of our foremost explorers of wild and dangerous places; Tim Cope, a 'boy from Gippsland' who is the National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007 and Australian Adventurer of the year 2006; Mal Leyland, an outback adventure icon (if you're old enough, you'll recall the TV show 'Ask the Leyland Brothers'); and Eric Phillips, Australia's foremost polar adventurer. And that's just the beginning. There is a very impressive line-up of guests attending, and if adventure is your thing, this is an event for you.

There's also a travel photography competition - bring along your best travel photo, and as long as it hasn't been used commercially you could win a variety of (as yet unspecified) prizes.

adventure film festival @ Bright
Fancy your camp cooking skills? Enter 'My Camp Stove Rules'! © Andrei Zdetovetchi |

Kids under 18 can strut their film-making stuff in the Kids' Short Film Competition, and there's also a 'My Camp Stove Rules' cooking competition. If your camp cooking is better than heating up a can of baked beans, you have a chance to win a lightweight outdoor Trangia stove or $100 worth of books from the AdventurePro Bookshop.

Entry is free for all of these competitions.

If you want tips on making your own adventure travel film, festival curator Austin Vince is running a 90 minute workshop on how to do it right.

The schedule of events is still being finalised, but the current version shows an action-packed weekend is planned.
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Why? Get your heart pumping with great adventure travel films
When: 15-17 February, 2013
Where: Alpine Visitors Centre, 119 Gavan Street , Bright
Cost: Full festival weekend pass - $75; Family weekend pass (2 adults, 2 kids) - $150; Day passes - $49
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