New ground will be broken for the Australian film industry in Port Fairy this weekend.
The inaugural Port Fairy Adventure Film Festival will be Australia's first international adventure film competition.
The trailblazing festival will be held at Reardon Theatre, beginning on Friday and running through until Sunday.
The festival has attracted strong interest, with more than 350 films submitted.
This has been whittled down to 36 by festival founders, husband and wife team Athena and Leon Morton.
This will include two world and 17 Australian premieres.
Directors featured at the festival include Max Lowe, Dustin Hollick, Arjan de Kock and Krystle Wright.
One film, Chasing Monsters, follows the adventures of Australian photographer Nick Moir and his journey through tornado alley in the American midwest.
A jury panel made up of Cameron Ford, Meredith McKee and Henry Brydon will determine the winning entries.
Winners of each of the best film, best cinematography, most inspiring film and people's choice will receive $1000 each.
The winners will be presented on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
The festival will include short and feature films, as well as art installations and exhibitions, with renowned Warrnambool artist Jimmi Buscombe among those showing their work.
Host of ABC TV program The Mix, Lisa Skerret, will Emcee the festival.
Ms Morton said she was excited about what lay ahead.
"There has been a lot of time put into the curation of this festival, you can't just slap together some films and run them into each other," Ms Morton said.
"We have films from Wales, France, Greenland and the US.
"But it's not just films from across the globe, it is also films from across disciplines.
"We have films about kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, it's a real smorgasbord, there is a great amount of a lot of interesting things."
The official festival opening will take place at 4pm on Friday.
Amongst the film screenings will be a panel discussion at Reardon Theatre from 12 noon on Saturday.
The panel will be made up of adventurers who will speak on the topic, "How to live more adventurously".
Tickets for the festival are available online at www.portfairyfilmfest.com