Funding difficulty leads to festival becoming biennial

Going biennial: Fleurieu Film Festival will change to a biennial structure from now.
Going biennial: Fleurieu Film Festival will change to a biennial structure from now.

The Fleurieu Film Festival has announced it will move to a biennial format following financial difficulties. 

After the completion of the fourth annual event which was held in February at S.C.Pannell Wines, Director Alison Alcock came to the realisation the stress on her and the rest of the volunteers was too much with too little funding.

Alison said that the amount of work and funding required was too much for a volunteer team to cope with and as a result needed to change formats.

The event may also look at moving into a new Council zone where they are able to find more funding if they are unable to find a more philanthropic sponsor.

The next Fleurieu Film Festival will be held in 2021.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Thompson said the City of Onkaparinga has been a long-term supporter of the Fleurieu Film Festival through our Regional Festivals and Events (Tier 2) Sponsorship Program.

"In fact, our support has steadily increased over the last four years.

"In that time we've provided almost $60,000 in cash and in-kind support to the event, with the cash component increasing from $10,000 in 2015-16 to $23,699 in 2018-19.

"The festival has provided a valuable creative platform for filmmakers to demonstrate their skills and share their stories with a wider audience," she said.

Mayor Thompson also added that Council is supportive of the festival organisers' strategy to seek a major corporate sponsor and switch to a biennial event in order to secure the festival's long term future.