Planning has begun on the outback 'Vision Splendid' film festival at Winton, north-west of Longreach in outback Queensland.

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More than 350 people attended the premiere in Winton's historic outdoor theatre.

The Winton Shire Council says it is working with groups like Screen Queensland to help showcase the town as a movie destination, with the first festival planned for next year.

Clive Kitchen from Winton's North Gregory Hotel says there is big potential.

"The ultimate flavour would be Australia's Sundance [festival] or for that matter the planet's Sundance," he said.

"We haven't got quite the Robert Redford's around here, but we have a lot of people who are passionate about film-making.

"We have high interest from the institutions around Australia.

"They want to see this town re-prosper, because it needs it."

Winton Mayor Butch Lenton says it is hoped the festival next year will capitalise on the interest as the region looks to diversify.

"The drought is very bad at the moment and we feel for those people, but we still do need to have different things in the shire to make the economy tick along," he said.

An industry planning session was held yesterday, including input from Screen Queensland.

 

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