The Castlemaine Documentary Festival is held annually in July in central Victoria (90 minutes from Melbourne) in Castlemaine’s iconic Theatre Royal. The Festival offers a curated program of superb Australian and international non-fiction films. Audiences are introduced to a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more enthralling characters.
The Festival provides a rich, multi-layered experience and connects audiences with film directors and contributors through in-venue and live telecast Q&A sessions. The aim is that the discussions continue long after the credits have rolled.
Claire Jager is the new Festival Director from the Castlemaine area, and brings a wealth of experience to the Festival. She is a director and producer, with award-winning films to her credit and has worked with the ABC as an Executive Producer; with SBS as a Commissioning Editor (Documentary); with the Australian Film Commission as a development executive, and Screen Australia as Investment Manager for Documentary.
Claire is also joined by local Wynne Kelly-Buttfield, a recent graduate from RMIT’s Advanved Diploma of Professional Screenwriting who interned with the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival in 2020 and is now continuing on to help with organising Documentary Pop-Ups for 2021.
Claire and Wynne are looking forward to bringing more exciting and inspiring documentaries to the beautiful Mount Alexander Shire area.
The Castlemaine Documentary Festival is governed by a Board of Directors.
From L to R, bottom row: Derek Guille, Leonie Van Eyk (Secretary), second row: Damien Kingsbury (Chair), Shirley Hardy-Rix, Claire Jager (Festival Director).