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Fleurieu Peninsula hits the big screen

Fleurieu Film Festival
Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

The spotlight will shine on budding filmmakers at this weekend’s Fleurieu Film Festival.

In its three-year history, the festival has grown to become a key event on the Fleurieu Peninsula’s cultural calendar, bringing hundreds of visitors to the region.

The festival provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their works to an audience, while also celebrating the Fleurieu’s premium food and wine.

The 10 shortlisted films, all exploring this year’s theme of FIRE, will be screened amongst the picturesque grounds of Serafino Winery on Friday night, followed by a showcase of some of the best films from past and present festivals, under the stars at Yankalilla Golf Club on Saturday night.

The festival will give filmmakers even more reason to smile, after global visual effects giant Technicolor announced earlier this week they will be establishing a $26 million visual effects (VFX) studio in Adelaide.

A major game-changer for the Australian film industry, this investment will be a boost for existing Adelaide VFX businesses, with the Centre of Excellence and Academy set to attract talented artists to South Australia from around the world.

The 2018 Fleurieu Film Festival will run from Friday 9 February to Saturday 10 February. More than 100 submissions were received from Australia, France, the USA and Russia.

The Fleurieu Film Festival received funding through the State Government’s 2017/18 Community Events Development Fund.

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

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South Australia is fast becoming an international film production hub, with global entertainment company Technicolor announcing this week they will build a 500-person visual effects (VFX) centre in Adelaide.

This kind of growth is made possible through State Government financial incentives, which combined with the creative talent in South Australia, are helping to attract big budget films and production companies to our State.

This is an exciting time for the South Australian film industry and the Fleurieu Film Festival is yet another opportunity for budding creatives, with the overall winner receiving two tickets to Los Angeles to help further their film-making dreams.

The festival also has huge benefits for local tourism, giving people yet another reason to travel to this beautiful part of the world.

As a local I’m always looking for opportunities to encourage people to visit, and the Fleurieu Film Festival combines all the great assets of our region – spectacular scenery, great food and beverages and talented locals – into one exciting event.

In the past four years the South Australian visitor economy has surged from $4.9 billion to a record $6.3 billion – and it’s events like the Fleurieu Film Festival which make this success possible.