Film festival returns to the Fleurieu Peninsula

06 February 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

Film buffs and filmmakers from across Australia will head to the Fleurieu Peninsula this week for the return of the two-day Fleurieu Film Festival.

The competitive short film festival is celebrating its second year and will showcase local food, produce, and filmmaker talent.

More than 900 visitors will attend the event, with many expected to travel from within South Australia and more than 200 from interstate.

The Fleurieu Film Festival starts this Friday and finishes on Saturday.

The Fleurieu Film Festival is one of 31 events to share in $386,000 through the State Government’s 2016/17 Regional Events and Festivals Program, which includes the Community Events Development Fund.

The State Government has pumped an extra $70 million into the tourism portfolio to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.

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I’m pleased State Government funding is able to support not only our country’s budding filmmakers and creatives but also our local tourism industry.

With tickets to Los Angeles up for grabs for the best film and director winner, this is an important festival which will be a life-changing experience for one of the 80 entrants.

The remake of the iconic Australian story Storm Boy was recently announced and is expected to inject millions into the State’s economy. With filming taking place around the Coorong, South Australia will be showcased to a global audience.

Over the past 12 months the Fleurieu Peninsula attracted more than 693,000 domestic and international visits. Hosting events such as the Fleurieu Film Festival is a great way to encourage more people to visit our region, which in turn benefits the local economy and helps create jobs.

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