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Festival committee members (left to right): Rob Walton, Marilou Hudson, Mary Micallef, Bill Lussier and Jayde Walker


The North Bellarine Film Festival acknowledges the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Owners of the Land, Waterways and Skies. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are part of our Greater Geelong community today.

About the Festival

The North Bellarine Film Festival was established in 2017 with the objectives of bringing high quality and diverse cinema to the Bellarine Peninsula and to help foster regional, state and national filmmaking talent.


Its presentation of rich and diverse programs of Australian and international feature films and its growing focus on short films produced by independent filmmakers from across Australia has resulted in the North Bellarine Film Festival growing into a major regional event.


The North Bellarine Film Festival established its annual Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2019 to recognise Victorian filmmakers twenty-five years of age or younger who demonstrate outstanding talent and the strong desire to succeed at their craft. The Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award will be introduced at the 2024 festival in November.

The Emerging Filmmaker Award and Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award would not be possible without the generous support of, respectively, the Portarlington Film Society and the Geelong Waterfront Film Foundation.


The festival, with the generous support of the St Leonards Film Society, established the People's Choice Award in 2023. All award finalists are eligible for this award which is chosen by audience ballot.


Now in its eighth year, the North Bellarine Film Festival continues to attract an ever-growing audience of film buffs from across the region to its annual event in November and to smaller events held at wineries and other venues throughout the year.

The North Bellarine Film Festival has a strong relationship with the City of Greater Geelong who have supported the festival since its inception. The festival has a growing number of sponsors who also assist us in growing the event and supporting our future direction.

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