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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 29, 2020

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Belong Film Festival: A Review

Belong Film Festival: A Review
Cleo Elizabeth

Diversity, indulgence and celebration: Belong Short Film Festival was such an amazing evening.

On Saturday, March 7th, I was lucky enough to attend the Belong Short Film Festival, held by the Belong community in Moorooka for its third year running. Unbeknownst to me, the Belong community is a well-established not-for-profit organisation of people who provide support and services for those in need, located in Brisbane’s south.

This event was hosted by these wonderful people, and you could tell; the whole set up was completely stunning, and all of the people I had the pleasure of chatting to were kind and incredibly welcoming to me. I had the chance to take my camera with me and document the evening from my own eyes, but let me be frank: the photographs don’t do it justice!

The festival had a 7-film line-up of narratives from all sorts of diverse backgrounds, including multicultural Australians, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. Each story told was one wonder after another, and all of the cinematography blew me away. Every film was directed in a way that was unique to itself, which was both exciting and refreshing to witness. The whole time, I was on the edge of my seat.

Although I couldn’t stay for dinner, the menu looked beautiful, and it was a really gorgeous touch to invite guests to stay. To all of the chefs and bartenders working – good on you, you did an amazing job looking after everyone all night!

I have so much respect for all of the people who slaved away behind the scenes to bring this whole event together. Your work was not overlooked, I promise! I truly do admire all of the people who put their heart and souls into their work in this way. Thank you for working to create such a wonderful and enjoyable evening for all of us.

In future years, take yourself along, and slip into the groove of the Belong community.

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Photo Credit: Cleo Elizabeth