1 May, 2020
Curtain not called on Outback Film Festival
POSTPONED? Yes. Abandoned? No way.
Winton will host the seventh annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival this year, despite Covid-19 restrictions forcing the event’s postponement.
Originally set down for June 26 to July 4, the festival is a nine-day celebration of Australian film and has been rescheduled for September.
It offers an opportunity for independent filmmakers to present their creations to a wider audience through one of the festival’s key attractions, the Vision Splendid Short Film Competition.
Festival Director, Mark Melrose, said the festival had never faced a dilemma quite like coronavirus.
“Since our inaugural festival in 2014 we have not seen a crisis such as this,” Mr Melrose said. “The Covid-19 global health crisis has, and will continue to have, devastating impacts on our community health, way of life, and economy.
“This is a complex, evolving, and unprecedented situation, but we are facing this together as individuals, families, businesses, sporting organisations, events, and as an entire community.”
Mr Melrose said the committee had adhered to advice from health authorities and considered all possible scenarios, leading to their decision to hold the festival from September 18 to 26.
“We have been exploring all scenarios to ensure the seventh annual festival goes ahead this year,” Mr Melrose said. “As the Covid-19 situation is evolving every day, we will continue to follow government and health authority advice to ensure we do our part.”
Mr Melrose and the Outback Film Festival committee thanked everyone for their ongoing support, emphasising their appreciation for the patience and understanding shown by supporters.