See you in 2022!

Bar Beach, Merimbula – a favourite spot for a swim, surf or a coffee for locals and filmmakers alike! Photo credit: Lis Shelley

Far South Film runs workshops in the months leading up to the Festival – keep an eye out on the Far South Film website.

Festival FAQ

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets will go on sale online in July 2022.

Festival venues

TBA for 2022.

Where can I stay/eat?

We hope to see you at our festival in 2022!

Merimbula is an amazing holiday destination with a wide range of accommodation waiting for you. Plus, the whale watching season begins in August.

Lakeside Holiday Apartments Merimbula

How do I get there?

  • Merimbula is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne just off the A1 Princes Highway, and just under 3 hours drive from Canberra via Cooma/Bemboka/Candelo.
  • Rex Airlines and QANTAS fly into Merimbula Airport from Sydney and Melbourne. The flight takes about 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • There are also VLine and TrainLink trains+coaches that travel to Merimbula from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

What about COVID?

  • Our venues and organisation have registered COVID-Safe plans in place and we monitor NSW Health for the latest advice to keep everyone safe.
    Check the COVID safety requirements closer to the event. Check-in with the Service NSW app, which you can download for free below:
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  • In the event that a physical in-person festival cannot go ahead, you will be offered the choice of a credit to view the festival online, or a refund.

Online Festival FAQ

How do I view films online?

  • You’ll be able to pre-order films before the start of the festival, and during the online festival period.
  • Create an account online, then pre-purchase Film Bundles or individual films (Bundles offer better value).
  • There will be a 10 day window in which you can watch your selected films.

How do I view the Q&As and Awards Ceremony online?

  • We’ll be live streaming and recording these events. If you have purchased a ticket for the livestream you will be emailed a Zoom link to follow on the day, otherwise you can just rent the recording from your online account (note: there will be a delay of a few hours between the live stream and the recording being available).

Can I vote for my favourite film?

  • You sure can. Once you’ve registered your email address via our online booking system and had a chance to watch the films, we’ll email you a survey where you can vote for your favourite two films. The People’s Choice Award will be announced in September.

I’m having trouble viewing the films online

  • Online films are geoblocked for viewing within Australia only. If you’re having problems, it may be because you are using a VPN or accessing the Internet via an overseas provider.
  • Films are streamed at HD 1080p by default and will automatically adapt to a lower resolution depending on your bandwidth. If the film is not playing smoothly however, try lowering the resolution of the video stream by changing to a lower number setting (eg 720p).
  • Avoid watching in prime time (5-7pm) when Internet speeds tend to be slower in regional areas.
  • Check what other devices might be using high amounts of bandwidth in your household (online gaming or large file downloads for example)
  • Check the Help page on our Online Festival platform for more details on system requirements, compatability of browsers etc.

Q&A Sessions

  • The Festival includes Q&A Panels with guest film makers. Stay tuned for announcements!

Festival Awards

  • Awards will be announced on the first Sunday of the festival.
  • Award winners will be announced on our website and on social media as soon as the ceremony is over.
  • Like our Facebook page to see filmmaker profiles and news about the festival.
  • Film makers will be contacted individually after the awards.
  • Ticketholders are invited to vote for The People’s Choice Award via an emailed link. The winner of this award is announced in September.

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