Buddies Film Festival at Montegos

Public Relations students from The University of the Sunshine Coast warm up for their Buddies Film Festival @ Montegos while enjoying a cocktail from Stewart Burchell Owner of Montegos on the Bay
Public Relations students from The University of the Sunshine Coast warm up for their Buddies Film Festival @ Montegos while enjoying a cocktail from Stewart Burchell Owner of Montegos on the Bay. From left to right: Vivien Trinh, Heather Groves, Samantha Langford, Denise Missen, Eliza Mason, Elliott White and Stewart Burchell.

Buddies Refugee Support Group has teamed up with five third-year University of the Sunshine Coast Public Relations students to undertake a Film Festival on the beach at Montegos on the Bay Kawana Island on Friday 10 May 2013.
Buddies Refugee Support Group member, Lindel Greggery said she was delighted to be working with the USC students to create an event in a wonderful waterfront location, which will help raise awareness and funds for asylum seekers and refugees.
“It’s great to have young people from the University to help us out and create an event which will appeal to such a broad cross section of the community. The all ages event will be an evening of entertainment with the screening of short films, live music, market stalls, a raffle draw, and a barbecue and licensed bar on the beach.
“Montegos restaurant and pizza bar will be fully operational so people can dine at the waterfront establishments or bring a blanket or bean bag and enjoy the movies on the beach,” Lindel said.
Sponsors of the event include the annual Caloundra Music Festival, who have generously donated the raffle draw prize of two Season Adult Tickets, one Youth Season Ticket and one Child Season Ticket, all valued at $505 for the 2013 festival. Other prizes include a $100 voucher for Montegos, who have also kindly donated their venue, cinema equipment, staff and facilities for the entire evening.
Third-year USC student Denise Missen said the event was created by the USC students with the assistance of their mentor Peppi Bueti from Queensland Advertising.
“It’s been great to put the theory that we have learnt over the past three years into practice with a real event which will raise real money for Buddies. We’ve done everything from selecting the venue, creating the event plan, sponsorship, media and marketing and a whole host of logistics which has given us wonderful real world experience.
“We are ambitiously aiming for 500 attendees as that will help us raise much-needed funds as well as new members and support for the non-profit local organisation that works tirelessly for the just and fair treatment of asylum seekers in South-East Queensland.
“We’ve also learnt a lot about the Buddies Refugee Support Group and the work they have done in building friendships and offering practical support to refugees and asylum seekers. They are extremely passionate about striving to ensure that asylum seeker facts are made public and we have really embraced the cause,” Denise said.
The film festival will run between 5:30pm and 10:00pm with the films commencing at around 7.30pm and features a collection of feel-good short films, both Australian and international, that have previously been screened at the International Heart of Gold Film Festival.
Tickets are $5 for individuals and $15 for a family of four. To purchase tickets please go usc.edu.au and click on the online payments tab.