special event

We are proud to introduce a new special event in our 2022 program

Opening Night Screening Friday 1st July at the Theatre Royal

The aim of this initiative is to elevate local voices, and inspire future documentary film makers to pursue their ideas.

In 2022 the Castlemaine Documentary Festival will curate and present a collection of creative, authentic, and local digital story-telling shorts in the form of LOCALS a family friendly and jovial event. LOCALS will take place on the opening night of our 2022 festival program at the Theatre Royal, Friday 1st of July from 6pm.

Once collected we will curate the submissions into an evening of local voices, emotions and visions that have surged through our community as we’ve experienced the permeating impact of COVID-19. 


This is our chance to see your creation on the big screen at the iconic Theatre Royal. We are calling for the residents of Castlemaine and surrounds to boldly (or meekly) submit their creations. Submissions close Wednesday 8th June.


  • Piece must be non-fiction/documentary and in any style.
  • Piece should be no longer than 8 minutes.
  • If you are capturing on a phone, use Landscape, not Portrait, where possible (think of the shape of a big screen).
  • Pieces must be G or PG rated and suitable for a family friendly and respectful event.
  • Send a link to your piece to locals@cdocff.com.au for us to download by Wednesday 8th of June (you could use WeTransfer or Dropbox).
  • If you work is selected we will also invite you to introduce your piece and tell the audience a bit about why you made it (optional only!).
  • If your work is selected we will also require permission to screen your work at the festival, at a satellite event during the festival and on-line during and post-festival.
  • The opening night will be ticketed however those whose works are selected will receive some complimentary tickets to attend with family and/or friends.



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The aim of this initiative is to elevate local voices, and to inspire future documentary film makers to pursue their ideas with the knowledge that their local doco festival, and partners, will support them in their endeavors.
We thank the Mount Alexander Shire Council for their support for this initiative.

Presented by

The Mill
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