Bethany Arthouse Film Festival

We’re pleased to announce the return of the Warrnambool Festival in 2019 for a 7th year.

The Bethany Arthouse Film Festival runs from April to September, with all films screened in the beautiful surrounds of the Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool.

The Festival raises important funds to support Bethany’s work with people in the Warrnambool and South West Victorian region.

Why not get together some friends, colleagues or family for a great night out?

Season Passes, concession rates and group discounts are available.

Download the 2019 BAFF Poster here
Download the 2019 BAFF Brochure here


Gurrumul (Australia)
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind form birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a tradition Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.
Tuesday 2nd April, 8pm
Language: English/Yolngu Matha (Gumatj and Gälpu)
Rating: PG
Watch Gurrumul trailer here

C’est la Vie (France)
After organising hundreds of events during his 30-year career, Max is close to throwing in the towel. The latest nightmare for the irritable planner is a magnificent wedding reception in a 17th century château, where he thinks he has put together all the ingredients to make the party a success. However as the celebrations get underway everything goes wrong.  Can Max and his team pull things together to make the party memorable for all the right reasons?
Tuesday 14th May, 8pm
Language: French with English subtitles

Rating: M
Watch C’est La Vie trailer here

C’est La Vie is proudly sponsored by South West TAFE

American Animals
The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. But not everything is what it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them start to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.
Tuesday 18th June, 8pm
Language: English
Rating: MA15+
Strong coarse language
Watch American Animals Trailer here

Shoplifters (Japan)
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Tuesday 6th August, 8pm
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: M
Watch Shoplifters Trailer here

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. When Orlando suddenly falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina, a trans-woman, is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at 2019 Academy Awards
Tuesday 3rd September, 8pm
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Rating: M
Watch A Fantastic Woman Trailer here


Save with a Season Pass – 
$100 per person
$80 Concession

Single tickets –
$26 per person
$22 Concession

Group bookings (10 or more)
Season Pass $90
Single tickets $22

Tickets available through Lighthouse Theatre box office:

The 2019 Bethany Arthouse Film Festival is proudly sponsored by:

Single Film Sponsors:

Thank you to our suppliers: