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
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)