Short and sweet on silver screen

August 23, 2017

Heathcote Film Festival committee members Tony Juhanson and Paul Biskupek are gearing up for another big year.

LIGHTS, camera, action – it’s time for the Heathcote Film Festival.

The popular event is back for its seventh year this Saturday and boasts a diverse program of short international and Australian films ranging from two to 15 minutes.

Now firmly grounded in Heathcote’s growing calendar of cultural events, festival committee member Tony Juhanson said its success is owed to ongoing support from the Heathcote and District Community Bank and local wine sponsors.

“This year there are films from the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, USA and Australia,” Mr Juhanson said.

“There’s something for everyone including comedy, drama, animation and a documentary.

“Many of the films have won awards and been recognised for their excellence at The Oscars, St Kilda Short Film Festival and FlickerFest.”

A highlight of the festival is the meet-the-filmmaker Q and A. This year it features Ian Tran, co-director of Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary.

A short film set in Footscray, it portrays the events that follow a $3.7 billion regional rail project that gets derailed by a 76-year-old man and his humble doughnut van.

“After the evening films are over, we push back the chairs, bring out tables, sit, eat and talk about the films or anything else,” Mr Juhanson said.

“The festival is a great night out in town.”

A matinee session will be held at 1.30pm, with the evening session kicking off at 6.30pm at the Heathcote RSL Hall in High St.

The Q and A is free to all ticket holders and will be held at 4.30pm.

The evening session is preceded by canapés and a bar stocked with plenty of Heathcote wine.

Tickets for the matinee are $13 and evening tickets cost $26. The same films will be shown at both sessions.

To book, head to or contact Mr Juhanson on 0425 759 573.

Visit for the program of 14 films being screened.

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