Funding from Visit Victoria will help develop the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival.
Organisers hope to use the funding to grow attendee numbers at the July event.
Now in its fifth year, the festival was created by Emmy-Award winning film maker, Geoffrey Smith.
Attendee numbers have been growing but thanks to the funding extra promotion to Melbourne-based audiences may take the event to the next level.
It presents real-life characters, stories and problems to audiences and offers a number of interviews with filmmakers and contributors.
Mount Alexander Shire Council manager of economy and culture David Leathlem said the film festival has demonstrated it is a valuable addition to the regional events calendar.
"Council is delighted to support the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival and welcomes the successful funding announcement," he said.
"This festival is an opportunity to see some incredible documentaries on the big screen.
"It's a coup for locals, and will undoubtedly attract large audiences from around Victoria and beyond."
The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is on from July 19 to 21. The line-up will be announced in May.
Visit www.cdocff.com.au for more.
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