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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 the 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. Young Victorian filmmakers can now have their films shown on the big screen and to meet other filmmakers at the Emerging Filmmaker Award ceremony.

The Emerging Filmmaker Award is sponsored by the Portarlington Film Society.

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


Now in its seventh 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, including 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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