The Travelling Film Festival is this year marking 20 years of visiting Bundaberg, bringing its next line up of films to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre from 8 – 10 October.
Since first launching in 2001, organisers have relished the opportunity to showcase Australian and international features, documentaries and short films over one long weekend for the last two decades.
The 2021 program will treat patrons to six award-winning feature films and three perfectly crafted Australian short films.
Headlining the programme is LIMBO, a hilarious comedy and international festival hit about a promising young Syrian musician Omar, one of a group of refugees stuck on a remote Scottish island.
Travelling Film Festival (TFF) Manager Sanam Rodrigues said it was no surprise that the festival had been seen great success in the Bundaberg Region, with people travelling from near and far to attend.
“We know the audience travel from all around the Bundaberg and the Wide Bay region to attend TFF annually,” Sanam said.
“We are also aware that people come in and camp in their caravans to attend the weekend long festival which is great for the region.
“The arts scene in Bundaberg is growing rapidly and has a wide and updated variety of events and new community initiatives that we are proud to be included into.”
Sanam said TFF are proud of their history with the region, crediting this to the Bundaberg community and their ongoing support.
“Bundaberg audiences are very engaged and we love to hear about their feedback on the films viewed each year,” he said.
“We are proud of our long history with Bundaberg and have been supported greatly by the Bundaberg Regional Council.”
The programs are created specific to each location, with films being chosen in consultation with the cinema and where possible, are selected from the previous Sydney Film Festival program with an emphasis on diversity of style, mood and country of origin.
This year’s line-up for Bundaberg includes:
- EIFFEL: This film follows headstrong engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) as he faces innumerable battles both personal and professional, to create one of the world’s most iconic masterpieces.
- NEXT DOOR: A German comedy and directorial debut by Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier), in which he plays a version of himself to skewer celebrity, privilege and the movies.
- ROSA’S WEDDING: Set in Valencia, Spain a beautiful story from award winning director Icíar Bollaín (The Olive Tree, Yuli) follows forty-something Rosa who presses the ‘stop’ button on the pressures of her job, her family, making a shocking announcement that they can’t believe.
- PERSONA NON GRATA: Set in rural Denmark, this charming comedy follows hip young Danish author Laura (or Irina as she now calls herself), as she reluctantly returns to her traditional rural family after a long absence to attend a family wedding.
To further celebrate Australian cinema, TFF is proud to showcase the Screenability initiative and the Dendy Awards, with the Sydney Film Festival’s 2021 short film finalists DEAFYING GRAVITY, DWARF PLANET and TOUGH.
TFF is committed to providing audiences in regional Australia with access to films they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see on the big screen.
You can find the full schedule and purchase tickets on the TFF website.
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