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2013 Screening times

(to be confirmed)

Screening 1
Friday 3 May at 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm

(Double session with Supper)

Screening 2
Saturday 4 May at 9:00 am

Screening 3
Saturday 4 May at 11:00 am

(Lunch break)

Screening 4
Saturday 4 May at 2:00 pm

(Dinner break)

Screening 5
Saturday 4 May at 8:00 pm

The program is subject to occasional alteration due to changes in film availability. This website is regularly updated to reflect these changes


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2013 Program

It's our 21st Birthday and special celebrations are being planned!


Mentone artist Bruce Hargrave has created 21 water colour paintings of Buninyong scenes to celebrate the film festival's 21st birthday. Bruce will exhibit these works at the M G Brown building (next to Espresso Depot cafe) in Buninyong from 1st to 12th May. One of these lovely paintings will be raffled during the Festival.



Session 1 - Friday 3 May at 7:30 pm
(Double session)

FRIDAY: Session 1

Welcome and Guest Speaker: John Turner from the Federation of Victorian Film Societies
will speak on the importance of Regional Film Festivals

The General     Generously sponsored by Ballarat ICT

>The General

USA 1927 75mins (G) Comedy
Dir: Buster Keaton

Live Piano Accompaniment by Phil Cockerill

One of the greatest silent films, The General sets romance and comedy against a "true" Civil War story of a stolen train travelling through enemy territory. This gives scope to Keaton's genius with mechanical devices and produces some of the best gags and stunt work of his career.

Bryony Dixon 100 Silent Films


Fresh sandwiches, cakes and hot savouries are served in the Supper Room between-screenings
All included in Friday night session tickets

FRIDAY: Late Session, 10:00 pm



USA 2012 87mins (PG) Comedy
Dir: Tim Burton

When boy genius Victor Frankenstein refuses to accept the death of his only friend, his experiments in corpse revival lead to horrific (and hilarious) consequences. With many nods to past classic films, this black-and-white, stop-motion animation is packed with Tim Burton's mock-Gothic images.

Jake Wilson, The Age


Session 2 - Saturday 4 May at 9.00am

Rebelle (War Witch)

Rebelle (War Witch)

Canada 2012 90 mins Subtitles (MA) Drama, War
Script and Dir: Kim Nguyen

Kidnapped by sub-Saharan African rebels at the age of 12, Komona is forced to shoot her own parents and fight as a child soldier. There is abundant heart in this captivating yet shocking tale, mostly delivered by Rachel Mwanza's overwhelmingly transparent, vulnerable performance. She received Best Actress awards at the Berlin, Tribeca and Vancouver Film Festivals.

Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile


Session 3 - Saturday 4 May at 11:00am

Samsara     Generously sponsored by Ballarat ICT


USA 2011 98mins (PG) Documentary
Dir: Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson

An epic collage of footage from 25 countries shot in a quest for images of birth, death and impermanence. The subjects range from Buddhist monks to assembly line workers, the locations from deserted Namibian diamond mines to active volcanoes. Sometimes you'd like to see more, or you can find the connections a little obvious - but there are also times when what's on screen is simply breathtaking.

Phillippa Hawker, The Age


LUNCH BREAK (approx 12:45 to 2:00)

Yummy home-cooked soup, sandwiches, cakes and slices will be available in the Town Hall for $15.
Be sure to book this on the booking form. Complimentary tea/coffee.


Session 4 - Saturday 4 May at 2:00pm

Chinese Take-away

Chinese Take-away

Argentina 2012 93mins Subtitles (M) Drama/Comedy
Dir: Sebastian Borensztein

This is a dry, witty, quietly surprising film about a grouchy solitary man who reluctantly offers help to a young Chinese man who speaks no English. A story of transformation told in a restrained, yet unpredictable manner.

Philippa Hawker, The Age


Walk (4:00 to 5:00)
Join us for a walk with a local guide. Meet at the Town Hall at 3.50
DINNER BREAK (6.00 to 8.00)

A delicious Dinner prepared by the African Community will once again be served in the Town Hall for $25 per person. Be sure to book this with your tickets on the booking form

During dinner, Ballarat musicians Graeme Vendy and Barry Currie will perform musical tunes from various films, which will also form part of the festival's Dinner Quiz.

Dress for Dinner in your 60's gear - a prize will be awarded for the best costume.


Session 5 - Saturday 4 May at 8.00pm

Searching for Sugar Man     Generously sponsored by Plinius Engineering

Searching for Sugar Man

Sweden/UK 2012 86mins (M) Music Documentary
Dir: Malik Bendjelloul

2013 Academy Award Best Documentary Feature

Rodriguez is touring Australia early in 2013

Hispanic rock-star poet Rodriguez's patchy career is revisited via this entertaining, illuminating documentary. It opts to focus on his substantial success in South Africa: something he didn't know anything about for 20 years. It may be selective with the facts, but the music is a delight.

EG Sunday Age

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