Welcome to the Real Film Festival

15 November - 5 December 2019

Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens

The Real Film Festival starts the 2019 Summer with a bang, transforming spaces in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens with bold films of real stories and cutting-edge documentaries.

More than any other film festival, the Real Film Festival defines the Hunter’s personality. For over seven years, the festival program has presented films by independent international, national and local storytellers whose presence at the festival creates a buzz and honesty; a world class event right on our doorstep! Screen industry professionals who have shared their stories and expertise have included; Don McAlpine, Jillian Armstrong, Jeff Julian, Tony Buckley, David Caesar, Jason Van Genderen, Vanessa Alexander, Ian Hamilton, Scott Roberts, Paige Badenoch, Rachel Blake, Zac Garred, Anthony Marsh and William Ward to name a few.

The Real Film Festival’s contemporary programming positions it as one of Australia’s leading documentary film festivals - a real place for emerging independent filmmakers from which to launch their careers and an injection of cultural innovation into the local community to entertain increasingly socially aware and savvy audiences. The Real Film Festival is the region’s only event which celebrates the art of storytelling through film.

Watch/Learn/Create/Connect - enter your film before 4 October 2019 to share your true story on the big screen!

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About Us

An initiative of Screen Hunter, The Real Film Festival (RFF) was first held in Newcastle in 2012, and has grown into one of Australia’s leading independent documentary film festivals appealing to increasingly socially conscious and globally aware audiences.

RFF is made up of components which support independent filmmaking talent, engages diverse communities in cultural production, and stimulate audiences through this homegrown, internationally recognised film festival.

Watch, Learn, Create and Connect at the Real Film Festival, 2019.