Buninyong Film Festival

town hall Buninyong's fabulous Film Festival is held annually in the Buninyong Town Hall on the fourth weekend in May

Every year the Festival screens an exciting program of top-class films from around the world with plenty of special features. The Friday night suppers and Saturday lunches are legendary, there are heaps of door prizes, a quiz for film buffs, sometimes live music, a guest speaker or a special dinner, and always a wonderfully friendly atmosphere.

Don't miss it! It's a highlight of the year and tickets sell fast. Festival brochures are distributed around town in March and you can apply to go on the mailing list to ensure you get a copy each year. Organised by the Buninyong Film Festival Committee, this event is generously supported by a range of local sponsors

Visit the Buninyong Film Festival website for an outline of the latest program plus contact details and information about the Festival Committee and its sponsors. You can also relive the pleasures of previous Festivals by viewing earlier programs and photo galleries there.

Recent Festival Highlights

Buninyong Film Festival25th Buninyong Film Festival: 26-27 May 2017

The Buninyong Film Festival celebrated its 25th Birthday with a wonderful lineup of films from around the world.

At the closing ceremony long-standing President, Joan Goldsmith, announced her retirement and was roundly thanked by the audience and fellow committee members for starting the festival and steering it so successfully for 25 years.

Retiring President Joan Goldsmith with incoming co-Presidents,
Luke Grimes and "Tin Man" Jamie Brown

See the Buninyong Film Festival website for more information.

Scenes from the 2015 Buninyong Film Festival

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One of the capacity audiences enjoying the show; President Joan Goldsmith (centre) with Guest Speakers, Karen Mahood, Assistant Director, and Ian Jones, Cinematographer, of Charlie's Country

2014 Film Festival

In 2014 we were honoured to have Father Bob Maguire AM, catholic priest, community worker and media personality from South Melbourne to open our festival before the screening of In Bob We Trust

Film Festival's 21st Birthday, 2013

The 2013 Buninyong Film Festival was a gala event with a red carpet for arriving patrons and roving photographers capturing the atmosphere.
Live music from VOX, Phil Corcoran, Graeme Vendy and Barry Currie made it an event to remember, with the audience literally dancing in the aisles on the closing night. Pictures, videos and quiz results are on the Festival's website: Buninyong Film Festival Thank you to all who came along and helped celebrate the Festival's 21st Birthday.

In 2012 Guest Speaker, John Flaus, actor, film reviewer and raconteur, who featured in Lemonade Stand, the winner of the 2011 Tropfest, discussed his life in acting and the winning short film prior to its screening.

In 2011 Guest Speaker, Tom Binns, spoke about the isolated Light Station on South Solitary Island, before and after the film "South Solitary". As ever, the program was a great success. All sessions drew appreciative crowds and provoked much discussion in between screenings.

In 2010, in addition to the six feature-length films, the Festival screened a short, "We of the Walls", filmed on the Warrambeen property to the south of Buninyong. This period drama honoured the memory of the many wallers of Western Victoria and a short "Q & A" session with Pascal Mercay, director/writer/producer & actor, and Geordie Taylor, producer & actor, followed the screening.

A highlight of the 2009 Festival was the African drumming performance and the dinner prepared by Ballarat's African community before the Saturday night feature film, War/Dance, which started a popular new tradition for Festival Dinners.

A selection of photos from previous years' Festivals can be seen at: Buninyong Film Festival photo galleries

See the Buninyong Film Festival website for program details and booking information for this annual event.