The fourth annual Fleurieu Film Festival [FFF] will be held on Saturday 9 February 2019 in the stunning grounds of S.C. Pannell winery at McLaren Vale.

Judging has been completed for the record number of short film submissions which feature the theme for the 2019 festival – Climate Change – Hot Topic/Kool Films. Ten short films will be competing for over $20,000 in prizes which will be presented after the screening. The finalist films include 5 world premieres which have been specifically made for screening at FFF. This is a great outcome for the Festival which seeks to stimulate filmmaking in the region and encourage creative thinking and purpose.

The finalists are

Birthplace directed by: Sil Van Der Woerd & Jorik Dozy Netherlands

The symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect Earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean pollution.

Climate Change & The Community directed by: Craig Cooper & Onkaparinga Council’s STUDIO 20 Youth Centre SA

This documentary shows a new set of values around caring for people and place in the face of climate change. (World Premiere)

Harvest directed by: Brodie Winning SA

A struggling farmer grapples with a brutal drought, financial troubles and the impending mortality of his dog and himself

Legacy directed by: Barry Mitchell SA

A group of children sit by a campfire listening to the story of how their ancestors destroyed the world. (World Premiere)

Mea Culpa directed by: Tom Parolin SA

A journey into South Australia’s dark heart, documenting the exploitation of the environment and its inhabitants.

Semblance directed by: Stephanie Jaclyn SA

A young couple setting off in search of the house that the woman grew up in along the Fleurieu Peninsula. However they come to facing the reality that awaits them back home in the real world. (World Premiere)

The Devil’s Bureaucrat directed by: Gina Cameron SA

Ever wondered whether the slight plagues and pestilences of your life have been part of a greater story? Meet Jeff, the mid-level bureaucrat who’s sole task is to make sure things won’t always go to plan.

Who’s A Fly Bird directed by: Bianca Tomchin & Mathew Harvey NSW

Three comic vignettes present people dressed interpretively as birds inspired by the nature we take for granted.

Ursula directed by: Rick Davies SA

The polar bear relies on the northern sea ice to feed and breed. Climate change is significantly diminishing the volume of sea ice each year. (World Premiere)

Wind Giants directed by: Nick Thompson SA

This documentary is the visual celebration of wind power, poetically displaying how it is working to alleviate environmental impact caused by climate change. (World Premiere)

The films are a mix of styles and genres, including an absurdist romp, a sly satire and imaginative futures all riffing on one or another of the arsenal of scientific villains courtesy of climate change.

FFF Patron, Professor Chris Daniels says, ‘For too long scientists thought that if we got the science of climate change right, and communicated it loudly enough, that would be enough. But we’re learning that it’s actually people’s values and attitudes that affect how we respond. Climate change is a people problem and it will be people who fix it. This is a unique approach to using art to explore solutions and communicate the science in a creative and engaging way.’

The Awards Night screening on Saturday 9 February 2019 will be held in the grounds of S.C. Pannell, and will kick off with live music by the instrumental surf punk band The Young and the Wrestlers who promise ‘to go off like tacquito in the desert’!

From 6.30 pm patrons will be able enjoy the best of local produce and award-winning wines from S.C. Pannell, the 2015 Australian Winemaker of the Year.

The following day, Sunday 10 February, there will be a Filmmakers Forum – How to Become a Filmmaker in 4 Hours – from 11 am – 3 pm which will be presented in conjunction with industry partners and which reflects the commitment of FFF to stimulate and engage young people in the region with screen technologies and ideas.

Previous festivals have sold out as capacity crowds enjoyed the live entertainment, magnificent locations, delicious food and delectable wines and especially the talents of the filmmakers in the program. It is a ‘feast for the senses’ under the stars and a celebration of the region.

The Fleurieu Film Festival is generously supported by many local businesses and a range of sponsors including the City of Onkaparinga, S. C. Pannell Wines, Novatech, South Australian Film Corporation, University of South Australia and Best FX.

Saturday 9 February, 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm FILM SCREENING and AWARDS S.C. Pannell Wines, 60 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale Tickets on sale now.

For more information (or to purchase tickets) go to or call Festival Director, Alison Alcock on 0409 980 378