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.