So, Which Day Should I Attend?
Not sure which day to attend? Well, each day has its own focus and theme.
Wednesday night is the welcome and networking drinks get together. This is where the out-of-towners get a chance to settle in and make friends over a drink, and the locals get a first look so they can spread the word. From 5 until 8, in the Long Room Theatre and on the Retro TVs, there will be preview screenings to whet your appetite. Then, at 8 on the Sunken Lawn the first of the night screenings will fire up. As a result of all the build up in the Barossa Living magazine and the Barossa press, the first film will be (not surprisingly) Dave and Anni’s film “Carmilla Hyde”.
Thursday is the Industry Networking Day. If you’re an indie, underground or genre film maker eager to catch up and talk shop over wine, pizza and beer, then this is absolutely the day for you. Thursday’s focus will very much be on the local film scene. Q&As will reveal professional trade secrets and iPhones will be exchanging numbers thick and fast. Amidst the day’s program will be a large number of South Aussie and Australian genre films. Trasharama and the Sexy International Film Festival sidebars will also be screening.
Friday will be dominated by the Long Table Lunch. (There’s only 300 seats, so if you’re eager, book now.) This is the day when the VIPs, filmmakers, politicians, local winemaking celebrities and wine and film lovers, will all get to share some of the best food and wine on the planet, surrounded by 100 retro TVs playing some of the best the festival has to offer. Films will also be screening on the big screens before, during and after the Lunch.
(All films screened during the lunch will also be screened at other times during the festival.)
Saturday, as you’ve probably guessed, is the Barossa Fun Day. This is the day when those Barossans (those at least who have defied local tradition and actually booked their tickets in advance) will get a chance to mingle with the filmmakers and see what the panic is about. This is the day for celebration and fun, as filmmakers, winemakers, film lovers and locals cement their new found friendships over a glass of wine during a movie marathon. Those who want another look at many of the Aussie genre shorts can check out the encore screenings at Rolf Binder Wines.
The films may be over, but the film making never ends. Sunday, is when we head past the vines to the Tanunda Club Clubhouse for Jack’s Riesling chicken, a wine and a beer, and a final chance to network, to horse trade and to wheel and deal. This is the last chance for filmmakers to catch up and celebrate their award wins, and to chat with locals and visitors about the films we have all seen, and about those we’ll be bringing next year.