Welcome to CIFF

Andrew Pike

Festival Director 2021-2

In 2022 when conditions are more stable and secure, CIFF will return with a packed 3-day event celebrating Australian achievements in world cinema in the 40s and 50s. The goal is to become a fully retrospective festival, presenting celebrated and neglected films from the past, given contemporary relevance through a range of guest speakers, Q&As and panel discussions. The emphasis will be on achievements by filmmakers who have worked in Australia, and also exploring the work of the Australian diaspora abroad.

Many of the film festivals that are presented these days in commercial cinemas in Canberra have a few retrospective elements, usually presented as nostalgia, but apart from the exemplary Cinema Reborn Festival in Sydney, no major festival in Australia has to date been prepared to go as far as we hope to go in 2022. For us, it is about pushing the envelope in order to accentuate our difference from the plethora of national film festivals focussing on “the New”, and to give ourselves a truly distinctive place in the local and national Festival landscape, offering a strong, curated celebration of what is known and unknown in the past of cinema.

By design, our short program this year intends to provide an immersive viewing experience which we hope you will want to engage with and will find stimulating and memorable.