Yarra Ranges Film Society
The Yarra Ranges Film Society was established in February 1999. Our objective is to promote cinema as an art form in the Yarra Ranges area through regular screenings of quality films in local venues, as well as holding special events such as film festivals. Our current membership is approximately 250, and we welcome all other film lovers to join.
Screenings are held at the Mecca Cinema at The Arts Centre in Warburton, and at the Memorial Hall (Memo) in Healesville. Both the Mecca at the Arts Centre and Memo venues have recently been upgraded and fitted with with state-of-the-art digital projection systems, which provide high visual quality and excellent sound.
Our monthly screenings are held at The Arts Centre, Warburton on the second Tuesday of each month, commencing at 7.30 pm. The same films are screened at the Memo venue on the third Tuesday of each month. Attendance at Film Society screenings is for Members only. However applications for Membership can be made on any film night by visitors and prospective members. Membership applications can also be made over the counter at the Memo, Healesville and the Arts Centre, Warburton as well as online ($2.50 booking fee applies). Click on this link to join online.
All of our members are involved in the selection of films for the annual program by means of a nomination and voting process.
After each monthly film we have a casual gathering which includes a light supper. For those wishing to take part in more serious discussion of the film, a discussion table is provided. A starbox system is used to enable members to express their opinions of the night’s film.
We hold a Christmas Party for members prior to the December screening.
In mid-June each year the Film Society holds the Warburton Film Festival. This is a three-day event, held at The Arts Centre in Warburton, which attracts local and visiting film lovers alike. We also organize a Short Film Competition for young filmmakers; prize winning entries are screened prior to the feature films shown at the Film Festival. The Short Film Competition has been held each year since 2009.
Our society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies, which has over sixty member film societies. For details of the society's past history see history of Yarra Ranges Film Society.
Annual membership fees
Full membership $60.00
Members of the Film Society are offered generous discounts at The Arts Centre, Warburton, and at the Healesville Memo, on tickets to movies provided directly by the Shire of Yarra Ranges at these venues. These are quality movies on current commercial release and are usually screened 3 nights and 5 mornings and afternoons per week.
Programs for both venues can be found on the following link:
The Arts Centre, Warburton
Co-opted Members: Anne Ligthart, Bea Wicks-Kaandorp
Enquiries should be made to the President on 5962 1882 or by email to email@example.com