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:: Spotlight :: 2012 Warrambeen Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

One of the most unique film festivals in Australia, the third annual Warrambeen Film Festival, has announced that earlybird tickets are now on sale for the event on March 3, 2012. Held on a working sheep, crop and free range pig farm between Geelong and Ballarat in country Victoria, screens will be found in unique locations including the 1832 bluestone woolshed, an outdoor fruit orchard and old paddock creek bed. And, for the first time in 2012, campers will be allowed to pitch a tent on the property with Feature Films (including some horror!) screened throughout the night, adding another dimension to this popular event.

The Warrambeen Film Festival was established by WAAPA Acting graduate, Geordie Taylor, who remains the Festival Director. Geordie has worked on and off as an actor including roles in Neighbours, Rush and The Pacific since graduating. Inspired by his love of film, Taylor decided to make a short film shot on his family’s property, Warrambeen in 2009. In a creative twist of fate, Taylor’s short film became the inspiration for the festival; he decided to create an annual cultural event with a distinctive regional flavour that would celebrate his love of the art of film-making.

Attracting almost 1,500 people in 2011, the Warrambeen Film Festival is now an established event on the Victorian arts calendar. With a focus on films showcasing rural life, the Warrambeen Film Festival is a must for film enthusiasts of all ages. With over 100 films expected to be submitted from all over the world, the final line up for 2012 will be confirmed in February. Giving a sneak preview, Festival Director Geordie Taylor has confirmed that the highly awarded Australian short film Jerrycan will be on the bill. For those brave enough to camp overnight, the feature Aussie horror film, The Tunnel, is a definite for the program. Starring Sigrid Thornton, Jack Thompson and Gary Sweet, The Telegram Man is also an exceptional short film that will appear in the 2012 event.

In addition to film, Warrambeen Film Festival will provide a great day out for the whole family including a farmer’s market of local producers including Clyde Park Winery, Three Troupers Brewery, Sudanese cuisine from Colac, local pork sausages from James Knight and the world famous Calamari man; live music, camel rides and an animal farm.

Festival Director, Geordie Taylor said, “We are excited to be holding the third annual Warrambeen Film Festival in 2012 and are working hard to create a festival program that celebrates all film with a special focus on rural life in Australia. We have further opened the family farm to accommodate campers in 2012 and we are sure that the Earlybird tickets, and limited camping spots, will be snapped up. We look forward to welcoming film lovers to our festival, to enjoy these cinematic gems whilst soaking up the surroundings of our unique country property.”

Tickets are expected to sell fast and keen festival goers are encouraged to visit here or call 1300 111 FOX (369) to secure their Earlybird pass. Limited camping spots are also available and a full bar of wine, beer and refreshments will be operating.

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