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.

Festival Team

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.

Our Board 

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).