Bright Mountain Film Tour screens again this summer
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 bmft.com.au Centre:
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.