Gelato for all at film fest
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.”
PROUD: Baci Gelati owner Edina Vidovics is proud the Italian Film Festival is coming to her community.