The Benalla Film Festival followed on from a Film Workshop organised by two Benalla locals, Anna Smith and Bernice Vance, in 2013. The Film Making Workshop was held in November that year, and the aim was ‘to provide the youth of Benalla, a taste of independent film making, with the hope to inspire budding young artists who have an interest in film and digital media’.
It was hoped the workshop would inspire them to continue in the field and enter their own short film in the proposed Inaugural 2014 Festival at BPACC and that hope was realised when a number of local entries from students were received for that event.
The response to our 2017 event was amazing and we had over 400 entries, with 19 being selected for screening. Mr John Orcsik attended the screenings and presented the prizes to our winners. The event had the support of North East Artisans and the screenings were held in their premises.
The 2017 Winners were announced at the evening screening on Saturday 8 April
BEST FILM – $1000 – Michael Roso 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 2018 Benalla Film Festival will be run on the Labour Day Holiday weekend on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 3.00pm. The same weekend will see the very successful Wall 2 Wall art being conducted again within the town again.
The 2018 screening will be held at:
55 Nunn St,
Benalla VIC 3672