This year the Maleny Film Festival celebrates its 21st birthday and first up is the society’s annual Australian Film Festival on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 January 2011.

Screenings begin on Friday 21 January at 7.15pm with The Ration Shed. This is local film-maker Robyn Hofmeyr’s vision of the transformation of the early buildings at Cherbourg Mission, in particular the old ration shed which is now a museum of Cherbourg history. Robyn and residents of Cherbourg will be present at the screening.

Also on Friday 21: The Tree, an Australian/French production which was filmed in Boonah – a mystic story about a young girl talking to her deceased father through a giant tree.

On Saturday 22 January at a 2.30pm matinee, audiences can enjoy South Solitary, a recent release by award- winning writer/director Shirley Barrett. Starring Miranda and Barry Otto, South Solitary is set in the 1920s, in the Solitary islands off the New South Wales coast, where Barry Otto’s character is the head lighthouse-keeper.

Saturday evening’s film is Love Serenade, a comedy drama following the antics of two lonely sisters chasing the newly arrived, thrice divorced radio DJ in a backwater town on the River Murray.

In 1996 Love Serenade won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and has been re-mastered as an iconic Australian film. This print is provided by courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Deluxe/Kodak Collection.

Between the matinee and the evening program, local author Steven Lang will interview Australian film writer and director Shirley Barrett, in a collaboration between the film society and the Outspoken Festival (4.45-5.45pm).

At 6pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings, dinner will be available, catered by Pomodoras on Obi; also drinks from the bar, tea, coffee and slices.

Full festival passes are $35 ($20 for MFS members); individual sessions: $13 ($8 for members).

For further information phone Ken Munsie on 5494 2882 or check