Rosebud sets the scene for blockbuster film festival

Published on 28 February 2018

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A little bit of rain didn’t deter the crowd of more than 3,500 keen movie buffs who attended the Cobs Peninsula Film Festival in Rosebud on Saturday 10 February.

The Festival is held each year at the Rosebud Village Green and has become one of Victoria's most iconic film events since being launched in 2011.

Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks attended the festival to welcome the audience and present prizes on behalf of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Films are judged live by a panel of celebrity judges and awarded up to $30,000 in cash and prizes. 

This year’s judging panel included Isabel Lucas, Lachy Hulme, Michala Banas, Jane Kennedy, Leah Purcell and Nick Batzias.

Films are also screened in additional categories including Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best International and the Woodleigh School Emerging Filmmaker Award

This year’s winners were:

  • Winner - Shot clock by Matthew Jenkins
  • Second prize - Hoarder control by Nicholas Colla & Nicolette Minster
  • Third - The hamster king by Karen McPherson
  • Best director - Matthew Jenkins (shot clock)
  • Best cinematography- the hamster king by Karen McPherson
  • Best actor - Richard Davies (shot clock)
  • Best screenplay - the skydiver and the scarecrow by Ren Thackam
  • Woodleigh emerging filmmaker - the traveller by Nicolas Mollica & Steven Thein Kha Sie
  • Emerging animator - irony by Radheya Jegatheva
  • Best international short film - perfect breakfast by David Bornstein
  • Best documentary - beeing kept by Eve Byers  

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the Shire has proudly sponsored the festival for eight years “we’re pleased to have supported this well-loved community event again this year with a $40,000 commitment under the Priority Project managed by the Arts & Culture Team as part of Council’s 17/18 budget”.

“Cultural appreciation and participation is an important aspect of our community and we’re working to promote arts, theatre and cultural connections across the peninsula”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “having the festival held here provides a great opportunity for our local community to enjoy quality Australian films and to showcase our thriving arts and culture community”.

Fellow Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “Rosebud is a great place to live, work and play and I’m really proud that our little piece of the peninsula continues to be the preferred site for this iconic event”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin added “it’s exciting to see the Festival extending its program to run simultaneously in both Rosebud and Queenscliff providing another cultural link between the peninsula and wider arts community”.

Festival Director Steve Bastoni said he was thrilled with the success of the Festival, “once again the support of the Shire and the local community engagement was a critical factor in delivering a successful event.

“We are pleased to see the event gaining National exposure and attracting punters from interstate".


PICTURE CAPTION: Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks with Nicholas Colla and Nicolette Minster who won $2,500 for second place for their film - Hoarder Control