The Far South Film Festival puts stories by regional filmmakers around Australia front and centre at their in-person and online film festival. In-person dates in Merimbula NSW are from 19-21 August 2022 and the Online Festival that'll be available Australia-wide via video-on-demand runs from 20-31 August 2022. Take note that Far South Film runs workshops in the lead-up to each festival so watch out for it here.
See here to book your in-person tickets. Save yourself some dollars by purchasing a festival pass. Keep in mind that the Mystery Dinner (Sat 20 Aug 7pm) is not included in the pass. Food and drink must be paid for by participants directly to the restaurant, however, you can still register your seat reservation online here for a seat at a table of 5-8 other festival goers at selected local Merimbula restaurants. You'll be able to choose a restaurant to suit your taste and budget, but your dinner companions will be a mystery until the night. Enjoy an evening networking with other film fans and film-makers.
Head to the same ticketing page for the Friday Launch Party (19 Aug 6.30pm at Twyford Hall) which includes 2 free drinks, finger food and live band the Sugarants. The Saturday Pass includes film screenings, afternoon tea at Twyford Hall and a Q&A event. The Saturday films and Q&A session can also be bought as single session tickets. Your Sunday Pass includes a film screening, Q&A event, Afternoon tea and the Awards Ceremony. Again, these can be bought as single session tickets as well.
The Q&A sessions are with guest film makers, and includes writer/director/producer Rosie Lourde and Chum Ehelepola, a Sri Lankan/Australian actor based in LA. Other guests are yet to be announced. A recording of the event will be made available for the online festival. Get into Festival mode and support and promote the Festival by ordering your exclusive limited edition Far South Film Festival T-Shirt here. Sizes range from M to 3XL.
You'll find full details of the in-person festival here, inclusive of venue locations. Running for just three days Fri-Sun 19-21 Aug, be sure to make the most of all events on offer. This is your chance to dress in in a film noir theme for the launch party. You'll have Saturday morning free, which makes it perfect for exploring and discovering Merimbula and all it has to offer. Check out Merimbula Tourism or head to the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre for ideas.
Do take note if you're Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Grandmother's Dreaming shows images of people who have died. On the Sunday, you have time to sleep in, have a swim or brunch at one of many local cafes. Visit the Seaside Markets at Ford Oval near Main Beach or take a scenic flight over the spectacular coastline. If it's a bigger adventure you're after, head for the whale-watching cruise. It's your free Sunday morning before an afternoon of more film festival fun.
With the online festival in play, you can watch the Far South Film Festival from anywhere in Australia as long as you have Internet access and a compatible device and Web browser. Get your friends and family together for a good old fashioned movie night in your own living room! You'll find the online festival platform hosted by Shift72, here. Once you go to the Online Festival platform, you can Create an Account with an email address and a password. You can now view the trailers and pre-rent your Online Pass or individual films. Films in the online festival show as Coming Soon and will become available as video-on-demand from 20 to 31 August 2022.
Get yourself an online $75 Festival Pass and you can view all 14 festival films plus recorded in-person festival content including Q&A panels and Award Ceremony. You'll save $15 over individual purchases. You'll find other bargains and full details on the website.
Bella - another experimental music video. Audience under aged 15 must be accompanied by an adult
Breakdown - the Tasmanian highlands is a backdrop for two boys from school who have a struggling friendship
Dating Violet - Violet's life crashes when she's dumped by her boyfriend and her parents contemplate divorce. Again ages under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
Grandmother's Dreaming - Meaghan explores her relationship with her grandmother and mother through the mist of mental health. This is an experimental spoken word event and do note this film contains images and references to people who have died
Stretch Home - an all ages experimental music video. Follow the links to find all details of experimental music videos listed here
Inferno - a documentary that contains actual bushfire footage that might be distressing to some. Volunteer firefighters deploy to stop the blaze before devastation consumes their entire community
The Gujjar - a short documentary about an immigrant's effort to contribute to his regional community and provide a better life for his family
The Rise - a pre-apocalyptic drama that looks at the climate crisis from the perspective of young Jonah. It explores how the threat of environmental collapse weighs on the shoulders of our young people
When Dark Times Come - a film about the relationship one has with fear and how, through embracing its darkness, we can find the light
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