Welcome to the Maleny Film Society…
The Maleny Film Society was founded in November 1990 and began screening films from the National Film Archives to an enthusiastic group of 35 members. In 1993 the Society invested in a 35 mm projector (eventually there were 2) which opened up screenings to the public with a wider choice of films.
From the beginning the organisation was run by willing volunteers and that continues. The Management Committee of eight members continues to meet on a monthly basis. Many more volunteers contribute to film nights and film selection.
In 2017 our membership is well over 350 and our technology is D cinema. We screen our films in the newly renovated Maleny Community Centre which seats 210, showing the best of world cinema. Most of the films are chosen through a voting process by our members. We also continue the old tradition of free screenings of international classics from the Film Archives on a monthly basis to members only.
The emphasis on social interaction with our pre-movie meals is a unique attribute of Saturday evening screenings. And we often collaborate with other community groups by making film screenings part of community celebrations and innovations.
We have in addition to our fortnightly screenings, special events each year – the annual Australian Film Festival in January and various international and indigenous screenings.
The Maleny Film Society has become a valued cultural and social institution of the Maleny community- a gathering place for old friends and new,. A spin off of the Society is the Maleny Film Cooperative. Local filmmakers, initially part of the Society, now operate independently with support from the Society.
We look forward to new opportunities in the future to broadening the screening pleasure of our members and to supporting and collaborating in creative ways with the Maleny community. Come enjoy dinner and a film and meet new and old friends. Volunteer and join with a wonderful bunch of people in promoting the success and longevity of our community.
Regards – Lorraine Duffy (President)
As a membership group
- we screen the best of world cinema
- promote social interaction by providing a pre-screening dining experience
- encourage an appreciation of film
- collaborate with community groups through film