The Vision

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This iconic town in the heart of the Australian outback is the birthplace of QANTAS. Its reputation as “Hollywood in the Outback” is emerging with several major film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road being filmed here, and producer Bill Leimbach commencing filming of the Australian epic feature film, Waltzing Matilda. Most recently the History Channel filmed a Texan documentary in the Winton Shire for a new mini-series.


The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community and brought to you thanks to our visionary partners.


Kate Jones headshot.WEBMessage from the Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business
The Hon Kate Jones MP

Welcome to the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival – another great outback experience on Queensland’s vibrant events calendar.

The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of events tourism in driving visitation to Queensland’s regional areas.

Events like this are not only a great source of community pride, they also support local jobs and bring social and economic benefits to the community.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival celebrates the best of Queensland and promises an iconic experience for visitors.

I would like to congratulate the event organisers, volunteers, and local community for their efforts in delivering another great event for Queensland.

The Hon Kate Jones MP
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business


Behind the Screen

Roy Billing. Australian Actor

The Festival Committee

Patron – Roy Billing

Mayor Butch Lenton – Winton Shire Council

Cr Stevens – Winton Shire Council

Cr Fraser – Winton Shire Council
Clive Kitchen – North Gregory Hotel
Peter Homan – General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism
John Elliott – Tourism & Events Manager, Winton Shire Council
Peter Evert – Royal Open Air Theatre

Nicole Bond – The Outback Gallery

Sallyanne Atkinson

Tony Martin – CEO Qld Founders Museum

Trevor Love

Bill Leimback – Film Producer 

Peter Lewis – Way with Words

Peter O’Reagn – O’Reagn and Partners


The Festival Team


  • Mark Melrose (Festival Director) –  Has a passion for events and has spent 18 years in the entertainment industry. He has worked on large scale events throughout his career. As an event professional he has been involved in concerts, sporting events, festivals, charity fundraisers, and other large scale events.  
  • Dr Greg Doolgopolov (Curator and Creative Director) – Founder and director of the Russian Film Festival. Lecturer in the Film University of New South Wales.
  •  Krista Hauritz (Marketing Director) – 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry, multiple tourism award recipient. A leader in regional and cross regional tourism strategies, including Reef to Outback, Drive Inland Qld, the Great Bunya Drive and Hand Made In Country.

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