Welcome to CIFF

Alice Taylor

Festival Director

Welcome to the 20th anniversary year of the Canberra International Film Festival. With so much to celebrate this year we are thrilled to present a programme littered with special events. The festival format is not just a series of film screenings but rather a dynamic hosting of interactive events centered around exceptional cinema and screen culture. We encourage audiences to participate actively over the 11 days of the festival, engage with the many filmmakers joining us from interstate and abroad and submerge yourselves in the diverse range of films, workshops and experiences on offer.

The program has been curated to reflect stories and voices that matter. The range of films this year present important perspectives from around the world and celebrate the diversity we live with in our communities. Care has been taken to recognise the voices of women, our elders, Indigenous Australians, people with disability and our own Canberra stories and voices.

This year marks a very strong year for the Canberra film industry with some significant releases of films made in the ACT and surrounds. We look forward to celebrating each of them with both the regional filmmaking community and with the wider festival audience.

We are thrilled to be based once again at the National Film and Sound Archives. In this stunning art deco venue we present our main film programme in the state of the art Arc Cinema. On weekends throughout the festival the historic Theatrette becomes a space for interactive audience participation. Experience the National Arboretum Virtual Reality Project, get involved in workshops and panel discussions, and after 4pm on weekends the Theatrette becomes ‘Curators Corner’ where audiences can select their own viewing material from CIFF’s playlist of short films.

We invite audiences to spend time at the festival. Enhance the experience with a meal and a drink in the beautiful NFSA courtyard, see too many films, and get involved in the interactive offerings. We hope the stories and ideas you experience at this year’s festival will stay with you long after the festival’s closing night.

Luke Broadhurst

Board President

The 2016 Canberra International Film Festival promises to be an exciting display of great cinematic art from Canberra and our region, and the committee is proud to bring to Canberra the 20th festival. With exciting dramas, thought provoking documentaries and a horror filled Halloween, along with the revival of some old classics that the family can enjoy together, the 2016 festival is sure to have something for everyone.

We are particularly proud of what makes our festival different from many other film festivals in Canberra. The opportunity for audiences to interact with members of the film community, learn from each other, and through this the promotion of ideas and creativity. We are also encouraged by the involvement of Canberra schools and tertiary education institutions in the festival, and this year we will host a number of events for students across the festival.

The Canberra International Film Festival is delighted to foster the creativity and ideas that film brings, and we are proud that the program curated by our Festival Director, Alice Taylor, will evoke excitement and emotion in this year’s audiences. I would also like to thank the team at Dionysus, led by David Caffery, for their work in pulling the festival together.

I would like to thank our partners, without whom we could not bring this festival together. The backing of the ACT Government, through Arts ACT and Events ACT. I would also like to thank the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia for partnering with the festival. Without their support, we would not be able to show the wide range of films that are on offer in 2016. Thanks also to the Academy of Interactive Entertainment who, as our Premier Sponsor, provide significant support to ensure that the festival can continue to be a pivotal part of Canberra’s vibrant culture.

The festival is fast approaching and I look forward to seeing you all at the NFSA for a fantastic festival, one that reflects the diversity of Canberra and our region.