CANCELLED: Warburton Film Festival

YRFS Warb Film Fest 2021

This event has been CANCELLED, all ticket holders will be contacted to receive a full refund. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Welcome to the 37th Annual Warburton Film Festival. This year the festival will present five films made in 2018 and 2019. This is a rare opportunity to experience a variety of films that have had limited release in Australia.

The festival provides something for everyone including drama, comedy, suspense, and documentary – with origins in Iceland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand.

Shorts will be screened prior to each feature that have been selected from the Yarra Ranges Film Society’s short film competition, Show Us Your Shorts. The production quality and originality of the entries never ceases to amaze.

The picturesque township of Warburton with its unique shops and businesses welcomes film goers over the weekend. Delicious food and great coffee can be found at the local cafes.


Woman at War

Halla, a mild-mannered music teacher, leads another life as a social justice eco-warrior intent on saving the planet. Benedikt Erlingson’s immensely likable second feature (after Of Horses and Men) is part absurdist comedy and part tense thriller.

Halldora Geirhasdottir’s vibrant performance in the central role holds everything together beautifully.

Cannes Film Festival 2018: Winner - Screenwriting Award

The Guilty

A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) on duty in an emergency call centre, enters a race against time when he receives a call from a kidnapped woman. Played out entirely within the confines of the call centre, this intense, economical drama manages to be more exciting than many large-scale action thrillers.

Directed by Gustav Möller.

Washington DC Filmfest 2018: Winner - Special Circle Jury Award


Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler (Sam Smith), returns to Afghanistan seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war. He puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. Benjamin Gilmour’s gripping, powerful film is even more remarkable given the extraordinarily difficult circumstances under which it was made.

Special Guest: Benjamin Gilmour

The Eulogy

Geoffrey Tozer, child prodigy and perhaps Australia’s greatest ever pianist, died a premature death, alone and impoverished. What went wrong? Janine Hosking’s intriguing documentary attempts to find out, using former Prime Minister, Paul Keating’s famous eulogy as a starting point.

Screened at MIFF 2018

Bellbird – Show Us Your Shorts

A rural community rallies around a farmer to help him deal with his grief following the loss of his beloved wife. Writer/ director Hamish Bennett has fashioned an understated, beautifully crafted film packed with heart and emotion. Marshall Napier stars.

Screened at MIFF 2019


Sat 16 Oct


Woman at War

Comedy/ Drama
Classification: M (Sexual references and nudity)
Running time: 101 mins, Subtitled
Year: 2018
Country: Iceland
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast: Halldóra Geirharñdóttir, Daviõ Pór Jónsson, Magnús Tygvason, Eilasen, Ómar Guõjónsson, Jóhann Sigurõarson



The Guilty

Drama/ Thriller
Classification: M (Course language)
Running time: 85 mins, Subtitled
Year: 2018
Country: Denmark
Director: Gustav Möller
Cast: Jakob Cedergern, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Jogan Olsen, Katinka Evers-Jahnsen, Jacob Lohmann, Simon Bennebjerg, Laura Bro, Morten Thunbo



Classification: M (Mature themes)
Running time: 78 mins, Some Subtitles
Year: 2018
Country: Australia
Director: Benjamin Gilmour
Cast: Sam Smith, Basheer Safi, Muhammad Shad Majroh, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad, Amirshah Talash, Arzo Weda, Inam Khan


Sun 17 Oct


The Eulogy

Classification: M (Occasional course language)
Running time: 98 mins
Year: 2018
Country: Australia
Director: Janine Hosking
Cast: Geoffrey Tozer, Paul Keating, Richard Gill, Lachlan Redd, Joseph Dutaillia, Jayson Gillham, Peter Whyllie Johnston



Bellbird - Show Us Your Shorts 

Comedy/ Drama 
Classification: M (Course language)
Running time: 96 mins
Year: 2019
Country: New Zealand 
Director: Hamish Bennett
Cast: Cohen Holloway, Marshall Napier, Rachel House, Annie Whittle, Kahukura Reitimana, Bree Peters, Kip Chapman, Stephen Tamarapa, Shayne Radford, Jason Hodzelmans, Simon Ferry 



  • Saturday, 16 October 2021 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 17 October 2021 | 03:56 PM


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