Our Vision

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" and "Goldstone" being filmed here, and producer Bill Leimbach commencing filming of the Australian epic feature film, Waltzing Matilda. Most recently the History Channel filmed a Texan documentary in the Winton Shire for a new mini-series.

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.  The festival pays tribute to our founding chairperson, Butch Lenton, who lead the event from inception.


Message from the Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business

The Hon Kate Jones MP

Welcome to the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival – another great outback experience on Queensland’s vibrant events calendar.

The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of events tourism in driving visitation to Queensland’s regional areas.

Events like this are not only a great source of community pride, they also support local jobs and bring social and economic benefits to the community.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival celebrates the best of Queensland and promises an iconic experience for visitors.

I would like to congratulate the event organisers, volunteers, and local community for their efforts in delivering another great event for Queensland.


Behind the Screen

The Festival Committee

Patron - Roy Billing

Mayor Gavin Baskett - Winton Shire Council

Robyn Stephens - Manager, Outback Festival

Lyn Fraser - Arts Council

Clive Kitchen - North Gregory Hotel

Peter Homan - General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism

John Elliott - Tourism & Events Manager, Winton Shire Council

Peter Evert - Royal Open Air Theatre

Nicole Bond - ABC Western Queensland

Sallyanne Atkinson

Tony Martin - CEO Qld Founders Museum

Trevor Love

Bill Leimback - Film Producer

Peter Lewis - Way with Words

Peter O'Reagn - O'Reagn and Partners


We pay a special tribute to our founding chairperson, Butch Lenton - "Mate a reserved seat in the Royal Theatre remains for you always"

The Festival Team

Mark Melrose (Festival Director)

Has a passion for events and has spent 18 years in the entertainment industry. He has worked on large scale events throughout his career. As an event professional he has been involved in concerts, sporting events, festivals, charity fundraisers, and other large scale events.

Dr Greg Dolgopolov (Curator and Creative Director)

Founder and director of the Russian Film Festival. NIDA graduate and lecturer in the Film University of New South Wales. Greg has travelled and been part of many film festivals world wide, he is a genuine film festival fanatic with a true sense for Australian film.

Krista Hauritz (Marketing Director)

With a love of country and celebrations, Krista lives and breathes tourism and events. A multiple tourism award recipient and listed in the Who's Who of Australian Women, she is a leader in regional and cross regional tourism strategies and events.