Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival 2019 trailer

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is an annual three day event held across the third weekend in July at the iconic Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, mainland Australia’s longest continuously operating cinema.

The Festival is an immersive experience of 12 films in 1 cinema across 3 days.

It features a world-class program showcasing the very best in Australian and international non-fiction films. Audiences explore fascinating worlds and cultures together, bringing them face to face with real-life characters, real-life stories and real-world problems.

The festival provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of live in venue and live via Skype Q&A sessions, uncovering the stories behind the stories, as well as specialist panel discussions.

Curated by dual Emmy Award-winning director, Geoffrey Smith, the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival celebrates diversity, profiles the global issues of our time (and times past), creates community, challenges injustices and holds people and governments to account.

In an increasingly virtual world lived online, more and more people are craving the authenticity that comes from documentary film. Be it real-life characters, real-life stories or real-world problems, feature-length documentaries now easily compete with fiction films in terms of emotional engagement, character development, story arc and unforgettable moments. As well as showing fascinating people in fascinating worlds, documentary films challenge injustices, hold people and governments to account, and bring audiences face to face with the pressing problems of our age.


Castlemaine is an easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne, 1 hour from Ballarat and under 1 hour from Bendigo, Daylesford, Kyneton and Woodend.

Why not make a weekend of it? There’s plenty of accommodation options to suit most budgets.
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