MudFest, the Mudgee region's biggest cultural event.

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Australia’s most unique short film festival is back for it’s eleventh successive year running.

Like all great short film festivals the Bunnamagoo MudFest International Short Film Festival started inside a packed café. This year it will be bigger than ever.

Offering more than your average film festival, you can enjoy gorgeous local Mudgee food and wine on the spacious lawns lying just outside the cellar door and winery while listening to live music as dusk falls. Then, with a full belly and a glass of vino in hand you can settle in to enjoy fifteen handpicked short films.

Operating the largest screen ever employed at the event, Australian and international films selected from over a thousand entries will be screening.

Festival co-founder Mike O’Malley explained that the committee carefully selects the films in order to take the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride:

Along the journey they might see everything from beautifully shot art house [films], subtitled foreign films, great comedy, clever animation, heart-stopping thrillers and heart warming romance.”

Sydney-dwellers should think twice before shrugging off the idea of taking the cruisy three and a half hour drive to Mudgee for the weekend. An ideal place to re-set the senses, O’Malley sums up the region as somewhere “small enough for you to meet the friendly locals but big enough to get a great latte or enjoy some boutique shopping.” 

You can win a MudFest weekend getaway for two featuring a two-night stay in luxury accommodation and VIP entry to the film festival. Simply head to this link to enter your details and go into the draw! (AM)

Saturday March 21, gates open 5pm. Bunnamagoo Estate Wines, Henry Lawson Drive, Mudgee. $30pp.