Canberra Film Festival 2021 Postponed

23rd Aug 2021

The Canberra International Film Festival, due to commence on 22 October 2021, has been postponed until 2022.

The President of the Festival committee, Dr Adele Chynoweth, said today, “As Canberra’s longest running film festival, it is very sad that the event has now been cancelled in two successive years because of the COVID pandemic. The festival in October this year would have been the 24th edition of the event, and had been designed as a significant comeback after missing 2020.”

Dr Chynoweth added, “Our Festival Director, Dr Andrew Pike, has created a brilliant program which we will roll out next year as soon as conditions allow.”

Dr Pike said that the program planned for 2021 can be held over intact. The program will reflect the Festival’s role as one of Australia’s leading retrospective film events, presenting cinema classics in both digitally remastered form as well as in their original 35mm format. He said, “The essence of the Festival is to re-discover our cinema heritage and to experience these films on the big screen. We also have a distinguished line-up of specialist guests to provide historical context for the audience through introductory talks and in Q&As.”

The Canberra International Film Festival is supported by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, the Friends of the NFSA, the Motion Picture Association, and many private donors.

Information about the new dates for the Festival will be provided in due course on this website and in social media.


For interviews and further information contact Andrew Pike at [email protected]