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2023 Program


The Festival is being held at TWO venues within 5 minutes’ walking distance of each other > MAP

  • From 10.00am – 3.10pm
    The Picture Show Man Cinema

    80 Main Street Merimbula
    Free parking behind cinema in carpark off Merimbula Drive, and carparks opposite cinema on Main St, including accessible spaces
  • From 3.15 to 6.30pm
    The Twyford
    cnr Market & Beach Streets, Merimbula (Beach St door)
    Free 3 hour parking in Beach St and Alice St carparks (unlimited after 12pm Sat) including accessible spaces

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  • We strongly recommend you book tickets and buy T Shirts online, to avoid missing out!
  • Although some sessions are free, you need to book a place to be guaranteed a seat.
  • Far South Film members receive a 10% discount to Film screenings and the Awards Ceremony
  • You must book in if you’re coming to the Meet & Greet and Awards Ceremony, for catering purposes.
  • Film Finalists and Sponsors receive a voucher via email to purchase one free ticket to all Festival events

Festival Desk

The Festival Desk is open:

  • 10.00 – 2.00pm in the Cinema
  • 2.30 – 6.00pm in The Twyford

Here you can buy last-minute Tickets – subject to availability – buy a Far South Film Festival T Shirt, find out more Festival Info or where to find things in Merimbula. (EFTPOS available)


For full film descriptions, see the 2023 Finalist Films

Start Finish What Venue Price per person*
10:00 2:00 Festival Desk Open – Tickets & TShirts Cinema
10:00 10:30 Cinema Coffee/Candy Bar Open Cinema
10:30 10:35 Introduction Festival Director Lis Shelley

Welcome to Djiringanj Country Aunty Glenda Dixon

10:35 11:55 Session 1: Film Screening (Ages 15+)

  • Mourning Country (Documentary)
  • Dinner Parties (Music Video)
  • Mine Mine Mine (Drama)
  • Chum (Comedy/Horror) 15+
  • Mother of Sorrows (Youth/Horror) 15+
  • Waiting for Herefordot. (Absurdist Comedy)
  • Return Chute: The Survival of a Small Town Video Store (Documentary)
Cinema $16-$20
11:55 12:15 Morning Tea – Cinema Coffee/Candy Bar Open Cinema
12:15 1:15 Session 2: Q&A Filmmakers
Intro: Lis Shelley, Festival Director. Moderator: Kush Bourke.
Guest film makers:

  • Jahvis Loveday: Writer, Director, Performer, Editor BANGAY LORE
  • Duncan Ragg: Director MINE MINE MINE
  • John Larkin: Producer CHUM
  • Alfie Tait: Writer/Director/Producer THERE IS NO FUTURE
Cinema Free
1:15 2:00 Lunch (own arrangements)
2:00 3:15 Session 3: Film Screening (all Ages)

  • Baŋgay Lore (Drama)
  • Follow Your Nose (Music Video)
  • Why So Blue? (Youth/Experimental)
  • Riley (Coming of Age/Fantasy)
  • Cry of the Glossy (Documentary)
  • There Is No Future (SciFi/Youth)
  • Murphed (Absurdist Comedy)
Cinema $16-$20
2:30 6:00 Festival Desk Open – Tickets & T-Shirts Twyford
3:15 3:20 Audience moves to The Twyford Venue in Beach St (4 min walk) Twyford
3:10 3:45 Afternoon Tea available for purchase / Networking Twyford
3:45 5:15 Session 4: Q&A Films with Impact – Can Films Make A Difference?
Intro: Lis Shelley (Festival Director)
Guest panelists:

  • Budawang Elder Uncle Noel Butler: Subject of MOURNING COUNTRY
  • Trish Butler
  • Tim Brown: Writer/Co-Director/Co-Producer CRY OF THE GLOSSY
  • Jess Bettanin: Landcare/DPE Community Facilitator caring for koalas in the Murrah – Biamanga landscape
Twyford Free
5:15 6:00 Session 5: Meet & Greet The Film Makers
Festival Drinks (Finger Food/Drinks/Networking).Bookings essential for catering purposes
Twyford $10
6:00 6:30 Session 6: Awards Ceremony
Join us for the excitement – who will be the winners in each category and the Best Film winner?Bookings essential
Twyford $5
6:30 Dinner (own arrangements)

* plus credit card processing fees