The Venue

The Canberra International Film Festival returns to the National Film and Sound Archive for the 2023 festival. Set in a stunning art deco building and originally commissioned by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s to be the entrance to a national museum of zoology, The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich and fascinating audio-visual history.

Getting there

The National Film and Sound Archive is situated in the heart of Canberra on McCoy Circuit, Acton, between the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the elegant grounds of the Australian National University. Just a 2-minute walk from the vibrant NewActon precinct, and a 10-minute walk from the city and bus interchanges.


There is dedicated visitor paid parking on the premises between McCoy Circuit and Ellery Crescent. Additionally, there is paid parking available at the ANU carpark on the corner of McCoy Circuit and Liversidge St (access off Liversidge St), which is a 2-minute walk to the venue.


All areas of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair access to the building is available from the south-facing entrance (Liversidge St). Bathrooms (with disabled facilities) are located in the main building. Disabled car spaces and coach parking are available.

A wheelchair is available from NFSA reception. Please call the NFSA on (02) 6248 2000 to book, or ask at the front desk on arrival.

Access Tickets

Canberra International Film Festival and the NFSA make every effort to ensure that our events are accessible to all members of our community. Both the Arc Cinema and the Theatrette at the NFSA have seats that are reserved for wheelchair bookings. These seats are indicated when selecting your seats for screenings that you have added to your cart.
Some wheelchair spaces may be available even if a screening is sold out. The best way to book tickets if you have any access requirements is to contact us directly so we can assist in your enquiry.

Hearing Assistance

There are T switch loops available in Arc cinema and the theatrette.

Disabled Bathrooms

Bathrooms with disabled facilities are located in the main building.

Assistance Animals

Recognised assistance animals are welcomed into the building.

For more information on the National Film and Sound Archives building, accessibility and location, please visit their website.