Welcome to the 34th Annual Warburton Film Festival

Once again I have the privilege of welcoming you to this year’s Warburton Film Festival which is being brought to you by the Yarra Ranges Film Society.

This year’s festival, as in previous years, is packed with wonderful films from diverse countries and various genres. However, I must mention first the special tribute we will be making to the great Australian film director and long-time patron of our Society, Paul Cox, who sadly passed away last year on the evening we were showing his last film, Force of Destiny. This tribute includes The Nude in the Window, a documentary on his early days in Australia and how he became a film-maker. This will be part of the Sunday program. Entry will be free, but booking is essential.

Over the weekend we will be screening eight highly acclaimed contemporary feature films including drama, comedy, and documentaries from five different countries. Something for everyone and, if you have the time, a program to view in its entirety.

The Show Us Your Shorts short film competition is again being run in conjunction with the Festival, with one selected short film being shown with each feature film, and the winner being announced on Sunday afternoon.

And for visitors to Warburton, enjoy the relaxing environment, the grandeur of the surrounding mountains and the excellent cafes around the town.

I thank all those who have been involved in the organisation of this festival, and in particular our major sponsors, the Yarra Ranges Council and the Bendigo Bank – Upper Yarra

Community Enterprise, Warburton & Yarra Junction Branches.

Keith Wade
President, Yarra Ranges Film Society

Welcome to the 2017 Warburton Film Festival