North Bellarine Film Festival provides a highlight for local film lovers

The third film festival certainly held last weekend at the Potato Shed showed that art films have an audience on the Bellarine.

With five feature films from around the world and 40 short films, the festival attracted significant audiences on each day.

The feature films included The Party (UK), The Third Wife (Vietnam), Black Garden (Australia, World Premiere), The Guilty (Denmark), Sink or Swim (France / Belgium) and Shoplifters (Japan).

Importantly the festival include 40+ short and experimental films to give emerging film makers the opportunity to showcase the craft that they are developing.

The festival also provided an award for the Emerging Victorian Filmmaker and this year it was won by Tadji Ulrich for his film When We Were One, starring Ana Swadling. Both Tadji and Ana attended the opening night.

The festival succeeds because it fulfils a need for art house films on the Bellarine.

A special shout out for the planning and hard work of the committee in creating and coordinating the festival and to the volunteers from the Potato Shed who made it work on the day.

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