Ge­lato for all at film fest

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

IT HAS been a year of vast growth for the film scene in Caloun­dra.

From em­brac­ing the French cul­ture to launch­ing a Surf film fes­ti­val on the South­ern end of the Coast there has been some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Now there’s an Ital­ian film fes­ti­val on its way from 14 to 23 Novem­ber, and the Ital­ian com­mu­nity is over the moon.

Baci Ge­lati Caloun­dra owner Ed­ina Vi­dovics said she thinks it’s amaz­ing a small com­mu­nity has organised a fes­ti­val like this.

“The Ital­ian tra­di­tion is very strong across the world,” she said.

“So it’s very im­por­tant to de­scribe the real Ital­ian com­mu­nity.

“For me as an Ital­ian who lives out of the coun­try, I can watch these films with an out­side point of view.”

Ms Vi­dovics moved to Aus­tralia to take ad­van­tage of bet­ter ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for her sons and said it’s im­por­tant for them to be ex­posed to their her­itage as well as ed­u­cat­ing their com­mu­nity about where they’ve come from.

“It makes me happy that it’s al­ready book­ing out fast from lo­cal in­ter­est not just Ital­ian in­ter­est,” she said.

“Peo­ple here are ob­vi­ously very in­ter­ested in learn­ing about other cul­tures.”

Or­gan­iser of the event Mur­ray Power is also blown away by the suc­cess of the ticket sales so far.

“I think this fes­ti­val rep­re­sents the growth in mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism on the Coast,” he said.

“It shows that we’re headed in the right di­rec­tion.

“The fact this kind of fes­ti­val is even go­ing on the Coast is quite re­mark­able.

“We want to in­volve as many Ital­ian peo­ple from our com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble.”

Mr Bowls said the fes­ti­val rep­re­sents a growth for the re­gion as a whole in em­brac­ing other cul­tures.

“Ital­ian films have proved to be the most pop­u­lar of our monthly se­ries of lan­guage films,” he said.

“The Ital­ian fes­ti­val is cer­tainly fol­low­ing in that di­rec­tion.”

PHOTO: JOR­GIA WHITE

PROUD: Baci Ge­lati owner Ed­ina Vi­dovics is proud the Ital­ian Film Fes­ti­val is com­ing to her com­mu­nity.

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