Bright Moun­tain Film Tour screens again this sum­mer

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THE Bright Moun­tain Film Tour is back this sum­mer for a cel­e­bra­tion of moun­tain cul­ture and the unique in­di­vid­u­als who em­brace it and push its lim­its.

Held over three screen­ings in Bright and Mount Beauty Com­mu­nity Cen­tres be­tween Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28 and Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, the film nights will show­case six films from around the world, and in­clude prizes, give­aways, and an open bar.

Now syn­ony­mous with moun­tain sports, or­gan­iser Ric Wil­liamson said Bright was the per­fect town to hold such a film tour.

The films are se­lected by lo­cal moun­tain sports en­thu­si­asts, and fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties that can all be done in Vic­to­ria’s Alpine Re­gion, such as moun­tain bik­ing, ski­ing, trail run­ning and paraglid­ing, among oth­ers.

Wil­liamson de­scribed the film nights as “fam­ily friendly, so­cial nights.”

“We get a lot of fam­i­lies there, a real mix of peo­ple, not just out­door ad­ven­tur­ers, but a real mix of peo­ple who want to be en­ter­tained,” he said.

“It’s so­cial, fun, there’s a bit of cheer­ing and clap­ping and all that sort of stuff, that’s why it’s great for fam­i­lies, or vis­i­tors.”

It’s the third time the tour has been run, af­ter Wil­liamson started the screen­ings from scratch as a way to com­bine his pas­sion for film and the moun­tain sports of the re­gion.

The for­mat is based on widely pop­u­lar moun­tain film tours such as the Banff Moun­tain Film Tour out of Canada, or the Tel­luride Moun­tain­film fes­ti­val from Colorado.

“It’s based on those [ film tours], but I got to a point where I thought: Why isn’t one com­ing out of Aus­tralia and sup­port­ing Aus­tralian film mak­ers? I thought if there’d be a good place to put it on, it’d be Bright,” Wil­liamson said.

Wil­liamson aims to take the film tour to Mel­bourne and Bendigo in March next year.

And if last year’s pop­u­lar­ity is any pre­dic­tor of this year’s, it’s worth book­ing tick­ets early on­line.

Last year’s pre­mier evening sold out with more than 300 peo­ple squeez­ing into Bright’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, and the other two screen­ings were near ca­pac­ity, too.

The screen­ing will be bro­ken up by an in­ter­mis­sion, a chance to hand out prizes do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses that sup­port the tour. The full sched­ule is: Bright Com­mu­nity Cen­tre: 7pm Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28

Mount Beauty Com­mu­nity Cen­tre: 7pm Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30

Bright Com­mu­nity 7pm Sun­day, Jan­uary 6

For more in­for­ma­tion go to Cen­tre:

PHOTO: Ric Wil­liamson

WORK­ING HARD: Moun­tain bike en­thu­si­asts Ed­die Wil­son (left) and Phill Ro­bichaud are part of the team of or­gan­is­ers of the Bright Moun­tain Film Tour start­ing on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28.

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