The 7th annual Sanctuary Film Festival will be held on Sunday 21st November 2021, held at Matt Hollywood’s Illusions Theatre, Sanctuary Cove, Qld.

This year we have had a record 549 entries from Australia to China, The USA to Iran. Come and see what the worlds greatest up coming film makers have in store.

Limited tickets available at

Official Program

3pm: Documentary Film

TO THE STARS – Robin Williams 

Would you risk everything for a dream? Brothers Adam and James Gilmour are driven men who dream of designing, building and launching a new breed of space rocket from Australia. But first, they must find a skilled, experienced workforce, navigate an initially hostile government with over-regulated national policies and put a self-made fortune on the line. If they succeed, they will join the likes of SpaceX and Rocket Lab, if they fail they and their VC investors lose tens of millions of dollars.

Robin Williams is available for Interview

Watch the teaser here:

4pm: Short Films

BICOLOUR – Sarajudin Bayat
PAYBACK: A LOVE STORY – Melanie Hayward
EFFIGY – Connor Clarke
THE PROSELYTE – Vir Srinivas
RIPPLES – Vicky Wanless

5pm: Documentary Films


Director John Swatlands brilliant film about Saha and Mas, two young Iranian musicians who have fled their homeland to seek asylum in Australia. In immigration detention they encounter the Scattered People, a band who play music and create songs with refugees and people seeking asylum. Following their journeys, we observe how music breaks down barriers and gives Saha and Mas purpose. Featuring acclaimed musicians Missy Higgins, Michael Franti, John Butler, Archie Roach, Katie Noonan, Dan Sultan, Harry James Angus and Robbie James (GANGgajang), Scattered People explores how music can help unite, heal and restore our compassion for some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.

Director John Swatland available for Interview.

THE REAL MCCOY – Tom Young, Francesco Godoy

Tom Young and Francesco Godoy. In the late 70’s and early 80’s the top 50 surfers on the planet were all riding McCoy surfboards. Geoff McCoy opened the first Aussie surf shop in Japan and the USA. He trained world champions like Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Mark MR Richards and many more. Then while on tour with Mark Richards, Geoff McCoy got the call that sent his world crashing down. Geoff was told he had been ripped off and was nearly bankrupt. He downsized and created hand made bespoke surfboards boards from his garage in Byron Bay for the last 40 years In the same vein as “Searching for Sugar man” This will be played in the SCIFF short film festival with many more incredible works of cinema.

Geoff McCoy is available for Interview.

7pm: Short Films

THE PRICELESS ART – Mohamed Asif Hameed
I AM ODD – Mike Connaris
PLEASE HOLD – Matthew Renoir
BOY LOOK – Steven Santalan
BEST MAN – Craig Cauchi
PACING THE POOL – Radheya Jegatheva
JUST LIKE ME – Suzanna Crismani, Owen Smith
ON OFF – Nicolas P. Villarreal
RUN WITH ME –  Bonny Lee
LEGACY – Pamela Falkenberg
JESSIE – Zac Bolton

Followed by the 2021 Awards Presentation and After Show Party.

Interviews with film makers and actors available now



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