Queensland is set to host Australia's only film festival this year

Winton will host Australia's only film festival this year.
Winton will host Australia's only film festival this year.

The stage is set for another spectacular display of Australian cinematic talent as the 7th annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival returns to Winton, in Central West Queensland, in September.

Australia's Hollywood of the Outback festival was pushed back due to COVID and will now take place from September 18 to 26 - the only Australian film festival to go ahead this year.

Spread across a nine-day program, festivalgoers will immerse in the unique outback experience, with screenings under the stars in Winton's 102-year-old Royal Open Cinema, along with masterclasses, workshops and live entertainment.

The 2020 theme 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' celebrates Australia's love affair with travel, adventure and blue skies, showcasing the nation's pioneering spirit in films.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is the largest film festival dedicated to Australian cinema and looks to highlight the inspiring works of the local film industry.

The festival also celebrates the Winton community, with many locals heavily involved in the production of the event, situated 1400km north west of Brisbane.

Festival Director Mark Melrose says the festival's unique offering attracts adventurers, tourists and movie buffs, while also playing a key role in promoting Outback Australia and the Australian film industry.

"Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival looks to encourage and inspire people across the whole breadth of the industry from cinematography and production to sound and lighting," Mr Melrose said.

"The program supports homegrown talent and feature films made in Australia, often providing the first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors.

"The rugged, red surrounds of Winton make it the perfect location to host the largest film festival dedicated to Australian film - it's home to international actor Jason Clarke and iconic films including Goldstone, Mystery Road and The Proposition."

Margaret Pomeranz was honoured in Wintons Walk of Fame in 2017.

Margaret Pomeranz was honoured in Wintons Walk of Fame in 2017.

Actor Steve Le Marquand who was honoured with a star at Winton's Walk of Fame in 2019, says the festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Australia on and off screen.

"The festival not only showcases the amazing Australian spirit on screen, you also get to experience the beauty of the outback landscape and hospitality," Mr Marquand said.

"My daughter Charlie and I had a great time in Winton last year - Charlie even helped direct one of the short films a part of the student program."

To find out more information or secure tickets, visit www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com


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