• L-R Nicholas Halls (Encouragement Award), John Orcsik (Judge), Anna Smith (Festival Director) and Michael Roso (Best Film)

The 2017 Winners were announced at the evening screening on Saturday 8 April

BEST FILM – $1000 – Micheal Raso film – SOLITUDE 

STUDENT AWARD $250 – Jessica Lytton film –  DEIGHTIES

ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD $250 – Nicholas Halls film –  TURTLE SOUP

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – $200 – Aaron Ellis film –  SPILL

Benalla, Victoria

The Inaugural Benalla Festival saw 10 entries included in the screening in 2014, with Australian Actor, Mr. Tom Burlinson officially opening the evening via a video presentation.

 Unforeseen circumstances prevented the 2nd Festival in 2015 from being run, but it was only put on hold until February 2016.

The 2017 event saw some 420 films entered with 19 screened and we were honoured to have John Orcsik (Cop Shop and so many more) and Tom Long (Sea Change and the Dish) as judges.  John attended the screenings and presented the prizes.

The 2018 Festival will see the Encouragement Award changing to the 

LOCAL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD (persons living within 100 km radius of Benalla)



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