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Qantas Short Film Competition

The short film competition is geared to students and independent film makers. Filmmakers are asked to make a film no longer then 7-minutes on the topic “Celebrating Women”.

The film can be fiction or documentary, funny or sad but it has to be memorable, significant and lasting.

Films will be reviewed by a jury of film professionals in the first week of the Festival to shortlist the submissions to the top ten film entries. Finalist films will be screened on the Saturday night, 1 st July, 2017 at the Royal Open Air Theatre in Winton, Queensland, Australia, at a special awards ceremony with celebrity judges selecting the Best Film.

The Best Film will be awarded a Grand Jury Prize, Student Prize and Audience Award.

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Cinema Under The Stars

Experience an authentic cinema under the stars in Winton’s open-air Royal Theatre. Established in 1919, the Royal Theatre is only one of two remaining in Australia.

Films are screened here each evening of the Festival, including film premiers, the latest Australian films and outback inspired classics. Get in early, grab some jaffas and fantales and experience one of the original canvas seats. We welcome you to join us for a cinematic experience like no other.

Cinema Under the Stars

Immerse yourself in Australia’s latest films, including premieres and special features every night of the festival. Experience an authentic cinema under the stars in Winton’s open-air Royal Theatre. Established in 1918, the Royal Theatre is one of only two remaining in Australia. Get in early, grab some jaffas and fantales and experience one of the…
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Morning Film

Outback inspired contemporary, classic and children’s films screened in the Winton Shire Hall. Relax with friends (even bring a bean bag) there’s lots of room. Specific film program will be announced closer to the festival.
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Movie Matinee

Outback inspired contemporary, classic and cult films screened each afternoon in the Winton Shire Hall. Relax with friends (even bring a bean bag) there’s lots of room. Specific film program will be announced closer to the festival.
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Official Closing Party

Exchange stories, celebrate among friends and listen to live music for the last 9th and final night of the 2017 Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.
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Official Opening

Join us for the Official Opening in the open-air historic Royal Theatre with special guests and screening of a magnificent film (to be announced).
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Opening Night Party

Following the Official Opening and screening, follow us next door to the famous North Gregory Hotel where you’ll have a chance to mingle, rub shoulders with film industry representatives and enjoy award winning live entertainment.
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Qantas Short Film Competition

Join us under the stars for the screening of the Qantas Short Film Competition to see the finalists in the competition for “Women of the Outback”, and enjoy award winning short films from Griffith Film School and the University of New South Wales.
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Special Events, Location Tours + Masterclasses

Throughout the festival, there are daily events including location tours to the sites where famous feature films, such as “Goldstone” and “The Proposition” were made around Winton.
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Vision Splendid Juniors

Throughout the week of the festival, special activities for the juniors will be made, including “G” rated films and hands on creative activities. It’s Queensland school holidays, so we also have outback activities at the library, community centre and nearby at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
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Welcome to Vision Splendid Film Festival

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community and brought to you thanks to our visionary partners.

This iconic town in the heart of the Australian outback is the birthplace of QANTAS. Its reputation as “Hollywood in the Outback” is emerging with several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road being filmed here.

 

Choose Winton for:

What is it about Winton?

Winton is an authentic outback Australian town and home to less than 1,000 people.

It has a rich history to be discovered as the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda and QANTAS and links to the Great Shearers’ Strike of 1891. Winton is home to Australia’s richest collection of dinosaur fossils which can be easily explored at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Lark Quarry.

The region is home to diverse natural history and spectacular landscapes: rolling Mitchell Grass Downs suddenly interrupted by mesa formations, starkly beautiful red earth and spinifex country, and Channel Country, undulating plains as far as the eye can see. This is big sky country.

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