The annual Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright, Victoria, February 10 to 12, 2017, is designed to inspire world travellers.
While most film festivals are based in city cinemas, in a spirit of adventure this is based in Bright at the foot of the Victorian Alps, so you can include a great riding trip along with attending the festival.
However, the Adventure Travel Film Festival is not just a celebration of the world’s greatest adventure travel films from the 1930s to the present day. It’s also a weekend of inspiring speakers and authors who will motivate and enthuse you.
The films don’t just cover motorcycle travel, but all forms of adventure travel from hiking to sailing and even riding donkeys and camels.
This year there are two motorcycle films: Mondo Enduro and One Map for Two.
Festival Director Rupert Shaw says the festival proudly promotes the hardy world of human-powered adventure travel alongside the trans-global epics achieved by people on motorbikes, horses and cars.
“The festival attracts grizzled pros to first time travellers. Any sane person attending can’t help but be inspired,” he says.
Inspiring guests include female adventure motorcyclists Heather Ellis and Linda Bootherstone.
The films being screened will allow festival guests to travel vicariously on two wheels and four, by kayak, packhorse, paddleboard and even an old English double-decker bus.
There will be plenty of opportunities to meet the presenters and guests at the great restaurants and cafes around the town ship and at Festival HQ, right next door to the Bright Brewery.
The festival takes place at various venues in Bright with the Starlight Cinema in the parkland behind the Brewery, in the heart of town, one of the best places to enjoy the films as night falls.
Tickets go on sale on the website at $125 for an adult weekend pass, $65 for an adult day pass or child weekend pass and $250 for a family (2 adults, 2 children U15) weekend pass. There are special discounts for seniors and film goers who have attended previous festivals.