Film Festivals

The Healesville Mini Film Festival features 3 specially selected films screened on a single Sunday in the early part of the year.

In mid-June each year a 3-day Film Festival is held at The Arts Centre, Warburton, attracting local and visiting film lovers alike. The Warburton Film Festival is our major activity of the Year. This year the festival will be held on June 19-20 - details soon.


Healesville Mini Film Festival 2021 - Sunday April 11th

This festival pays tribute to the excellent films being produced by many small countries that are so often overlooked. It is not widely known that films from these lesser known film studios can compare favourably with the best of the big producers such as the USA and Europe. The program we have selected for this festival certainly conforms to these very high standards and will deliver a new aspect in cinematic enjoyment.


The first film, The Swallows of Kabul, is fully animated and made with assistance from French film makers. It is a deeply dramatic story of the trials of living in war-torn Afghanistan and will give you a sense of what it is like for ordinary citizens of that country.



This will be followed by Buoyancy, a film made in Thailand directed by the Australian, Rodd Rathjen but made in Thailand using Thai actors with some financial support from a Melbourne International Film Festival grant. It is a thriller exposing the real world problem of the slave trade in the fishing industry there.



Finally there is a brilliant film, It Must be Heaven, directed and narrated by the gifted Palestinian director, Elia Suleiman. This is his first film for 10 years but shows he has lost nothing of his talent for identifying, with wry humour, the anomalies and frailty of our modern way of life.



Session Times:

 10.15am:  The Swallows of Kabul (France/Afghanistan, 2017, M, 80 mins)

 11.45am:  Lunch break

 1.15pm:  Buoyancy (Australia/Thailand, 2019, M, 93 mins)

 3.25pm:  It Must be Heaven (Palestine, 2019, M, 102 mins)

 5.20pm:  Close



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