Inaugural Noosa International Film Festival a Hit

The Noosa International Film Festival turned Noosa into a world of cinema last weekend and festival organisers are pleased with how the inaugural festival went.

“We are extremely pleased with the feedback we have received from filmgoers about how much they enjoyed the festival,” says Festival President Peter Chenoweth.

“Overwhelmingly, their feedback was that they thoroughly enjoyed the mix of feature-length and short films, across Noosa Heads, Cooroy, Eumundi and Pomona.”

Stand-out events included the Inside Cinema interview by Professor Herman van Eyken, head of Griffith University Film School, of four-time Academy Award nominee and Academy Award winner, Australian cinematographer John Seale at The J Theatre on Thursday 3rd.

“What a rare privilege it was to have John Seale attend the Festival and mix with filmgoers and filmmakers. Guests gave a standing ovation which was a wonderful response.”

The Noosa International Film Festival also screened the Australian premiere of Belgian-French co-production of the film Melody co-starring Australian actor Rachael Blake.

“It was an honour to screen the Australian premiere of Melody and have the lead actor, Rachael Blake attend with husband, Australian actor Tony Martin.

“Our special guests were welcomed to Noosa with applause by filmgoers at our Opening Night party on Friday evening at BCC Cinemas, which was a special moment for all.”

In total the festival screened five Australian-premiere and two Queensland-premiere feature length films and over 140 short films and enjoyed the company of some 50 filmmakers who attended screenings and events, some travelling internationally to attend.

“We are incredibly grateful to our festival partners, VIP’s, and volunteers for helping us organise and deliver a wonderful inaugural Noosa International Film Festival.

“The Festival achieved all its targets, and the outcomes were beyond our hopes.”

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