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
Tony Martin - CEO Qld Founders Museum
Bill Leimback - Film Producer
Peter Lewis - Way with Words
Peter O'Reagn - O'Reagn and Partners
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.