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The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (CDOC) is an annual three day event held at the iconic Theatre Royal Castlemaine in central Victoria, Australia.

It features a world class program of 13 films showcasing a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters. In 2018 there are 6 Australian documentaries, live Q&A sessions with filmmakers and contributors, and 7 films directed by women, 4 of them Australian.


This year's festival includes a WORLD FIRST opening night gala event:


A Director's screening of the extraordinary documentary film, GURRUMUL, followed by a live panel discussion with Paul Williams (film director), including previously unseen footage taken during the making of the film. Then Michael Hohnen (Gurrumul's manager and producer), Erkki Veltheim (composer and arranger of Djarimirri), Lloyd Malalung (founding member of Saltwater Band) and other musicians from the film will take to the stage and join the conversation. The event will be hosted by Leila Gurruwiwi, media commentator, television show producer and Marngrook Footy Show panellist. The grand finale will be a live performance of songs from the new album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow).



The remainder of the festival will take you on a global journey of highs, lows, heartwarming stories, great beauty and must-be-seen-to-be-believed moments. 


Curated by dual Emmy-award winning film director, Geoffrey Smith, CDOC provides unprecedented access to film directors and subjects.


In an increasingly virtual world, the authenticity of documentaries means they are becoming more popular and necessary than ever. 


There is a range of ticketing options available for purhcase, including single sessions, day passes, full festival passes and Opening Night / Special event passes.



Please note: Tickets will be available for purchase at the door from 30 minutes prior to each session unless sold out prior. Cash preferred, EFT accepted.


Theatre Royal
30 Hargraves Street
Castlemaine  Vic  3450



Geoffrey Smith - Festival Director

Denise Button - General Manager

0413 563 404