Film Fest Overcomes Great Barrier

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival Director Sara Shaw has started programming this year's Festival to be held 8-10 September 2017 IMAGE: Supplied.

Start buttering your popcorn, North Queensland because Magnetic Island’s Great Barrier Reef Film Festival (GBRFF) has secured its sequel thanks to more than $27,000 in funding from Townsville City Council.

The funding, secured through Council’s Community Grants Program, will help the Magnetic Island Community Development Association (MICDA) to deliver a three-day festival comprising feature and short films, documentaries, film industry talks, workshops and an interactive movie experience.

Festival Director Sara Shaw said the Festival aims to bring together budding film makers and professionals from around Australia to exchange knowledge and ideas in Magnetic Island’s inspiring and relaxed setting.

“This is a new thing and quite a new industry for Townsville and we’re eager to bring anyone and everyone together in one big melting pot to make this event as uniquely North Queensland as it can be,” said Sara.

“The Festival will be predominantly about films to do with the reef and the different cultures found along the reef, but the messages could be varied from environmental, to cultural to adventure.

“Although there is not enough time to include a Short Film Competition for 2017 GBRFF this September, it will definitely be on the cards for 2018. If people have films, speakers and topics, or competition ideas that they think should be included, we’ll add them to the melting pot.”

The second Great Barrier Reef Film Festival will be held on Magnetic Island 8 – 10 September, 2017. For more information, or to contibute your ideas, go to

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