9.45am  Frantz  (France 2016) 
Drama  113   PG (sub-titled)

In the aftermath of World War 1, a young German woman who grieves the death of her fiance in France, meets a mysterious Frenchman  who visits the fiance’s grave to lay flowers. Directed by Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House, Under the Sand), this sumptuous period war drama features a wonderful lead performance by Paula Beer. Nominee - BAFTA Best foreign language film.


1.00pm  Little Men  (US 2016)
Drama  85m  PG (sub-titled)

New York best friends, Jake and Tony, have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease. Two superb performances by newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz are at the centre of Ira Sachs’s beautifully understated “ coming of age” story.  Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle provide strong support. (Best Feature nominee -Berlin International Film Festival 2016)

3.15pm  Julieta (Spain 2016)                     Drama  99m  M (sub-titled)

After an unexpected encounter with an old acquaintance, a broken-hearted woman decides to confront the demons of her past involving her estranged daughter.  As in so many of his films, the focus in Pedro Almodovar’s latest drama is on his female characters. Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez, as Julieta at different stages of her life, lead a uniformly excellent cast. Beautifully filmed and deeply moving.  (Best International Film -San Diego International Film Festival 2016)

6.00pm  Festival Dinner       

8.00pm  Looking For Grace (Australia 2015)
Comedy/drama  100m  PG

When rebellious teenager, Grace (Odessa Young), takes off from home, her parents (Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh) enlist the help of a detective and embark on a long drive to find her.  Using a “fractured narrative” approach, writer/director Sue Brooks (Japanese Story, Road to Nhill) takes her simple story to some unexpected places. (Winner Victoria & Tasmania Gold Award 2016 - Australian Cinematographers Society, Golden Lion nominee – Venice Film Festival 2015)

Special Guest:  Katie Milwright                                                                                     (cinematographer)


10.00pm  A Perfect Day  (Spain 2015)
Comedy/drama  106m  M

Somewhere in the Balkans in 1995, a group of aid workers tries to remove a body from a well in an armed conflict zone. The title is, of course, ironic. Spanish director, Fernando Leon de Arona’s English language film deftly balances dire situations with dark humour. Tim Robbins and Benicio Del Toro feature in the leading roles. (Winner best adapted screenplay – Goya Awards 2016, screened at MIFF 2015)


Opening night

6.30pm  Official Grand Opening

Collect your tickets, make last-minute bookings, meet up with friends and enjoy music, finger-food and wine at our opening night function.

8.00pm  Highly Strung  (Australia 2015)
Documentary  90m  M

A journey into the rarefied air of the world of music-making, violins and artistic temperaments. Director, Scott Hicks (Shine) documents the dramatic break-up of the Australian String Quartet, along with the fascinating story behind the valuable, rare musical instruments they play.

9.45am  Tanna  (Australia 2015)   
Drama  100m  M (sub-titled)

On a South Pacific island, the love between a young girl and the chief’s grandson is put in jeopardy when an inter-tribal war escalates. Co-directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean have created a stunning visual essay in their telling of this poignant Romeo and Juliet story performed by the people of Yakel.  (Nominee- Best foreign language film, Oscars 2017, Winner-International Film Critics Week, Venice Film Festival)


1.00pm  Paul Cox - a tribute                 (NB. This session is free, however a ticket must be booked)

One of Australia’s most distinctive and distinguished film-makers, Paul died last year on June 18, the day he was due to be present at the Warburton Film Festival for the screening of what was to be his last feature, Force of Destiny.  This tribute session to our Patron, will feature:

The Nude in the Window (Australia 2014)

Fellow film-maker and friend, Peter Tammer, interviews Paul Cox about his early days in Australia, and how he became a film-maker.

Show us Your Shorts Awards Presentation

One Last Dance 

(U.K  2016)  13m

International award-winning short film, directed by Luke Losey

2.45pm  Fireworks Wednesday (Iran  2006)   drama   102m  M  (sub-titled)

A wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young woman sent by an agency to clean the house. This takes place on the Wednesday before the spring solstice – a day of celebration following ancient tradition.  Director Asgar Farhardi has gained international acclaim for his intense relationship dramas such as A Separation, The Past,  and The Salesman in recent years.  Fireworks Wednesday was made prior to About Elly, his first international success, and has not been screened commercially in Australia before.  Unsurprisingly, it is worthy of joining such illustrious company. (Winner – best feature, Chicago International Film Festival 2006)


2017 Program

Friday 16 June

Saturday 17 June

Sunday 18 June

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Special Guest:  to be confirmed

Special Guest:  Bentley Dean (co-director, 		             cinematographer)