Maleny Film Society celebrates 30 years

COMMUNITY organisations such as the Maleny Film Society (MFS) could not exist without dedicated volunteers like Nora Julien and Jill Morris (pictured).

Nora and Jill are founding members and passionate supporters of MFS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The enthusiasm and commitment of about 40 volunteers and more than 300 members make MFS one of the largest film societies in Australia. The society has come a long way since the early days of 16mm film reels to its current commercial cinema-quality projection and sound.

The Maleny Community Centre in the centre of town is a wonderful venue for the society. Silent movies were screened in the hall in the 1930s when it was the first in a rural community to gain a cinema licence. Today, MFS continues this important cultural and community tradition with the best of world cinema.

The introduction of a Saturday 3pm matinee has ensured as many people as possible can enjoy the MFS program. The matinees have now attracted a new cohort of movie-goers who prefer an afternoon session.

Unfortunately, MFS was unable to continue offering meals at evening screenings due to COVID restrictions. The committee was keen to maintain the sense of community at the evening screenings so now has tables set up so patrons can bring their own dinner or take-away when doors open at 6pm.

The licensed bar is available in the evening and the MFS tradition of homemade slices with tea or coffee continues for both sessions.

Non-members can now book tickets online or at the Maleny Visitors Centre from midday Friday. Tickets may also be available at the door if not sold out.

The full program and membership details are available at

Main image: Maleny Film Society volunteers, Nora Julien and Jill Morris