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About the Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) cements Adelaide’s place on the international stage as a hub of vibrancy, creativity, and innovation. Over twelve days this world-renowned festival provides a wide range of opportunities for festival goers to be inspired, entertained, and educated, through a unique program of the best of global and national cinema, forums, collaborations, and special events.  AFF celebrates diversity and excellence through creative storytelling and provides a strong platform for new and emerging Australian talent.

In addition to delivering significant economic benefit to the State, the Festival raises the profile of arts and screen culture in South Australia. AFF 2020 was one of a very few film festivals in the world able to deliver to live audiences, attracting significant international attention and interest. Despite the global pandemic, it was the highest grossing edition in the Festival’s history, with 23% growth in sales on the last edition. The line-up boasted some 26 world premieres, 32 Australian premieres, 50% female directors, and 200+ screenings with more than 40% of screenings sold out.  While the main event is bi-annual, AFF has also consistently presented mini festivals and pop-up program in the alternate year.

One of its most unique elements is the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund that has seen AFF seed and premiere some of the most significant Australian films of the last 20 years. The Fund has also helped redefine the industry role of Australian film festivals. View the impressive AFFIF slate. AFF also presents a number of prestigious awards including one of the world’s first VR awards, juried by notable Australian and international filmmakers, critics and writers.

In 2021, AFF produced the inaugural AFF Youth that included a screening program of the world’s best film and TV for young people as well as a major creative industries pathway program.

“My association with the Adelaide Film Festival has been a joy over many years. The programming is excellent, the organisation runs smoothly, but what I really love about the Festival experience in Adelaide is its intimacy. Filmgoers and film-lovers mingle on the streets, along with premiers, politicians and artists, conversations flow, everyone has an opinion, and the parties are fun.”

– Margaret Pomeranz AM, AFF Patron

“Adelaide is the jewel of Australian film festivals. It has a laid-back laconic nature that invites the individual in. Adelaide is about quality, not quantity or fulfilling a quota. It has a charm and nature that is uniquely South Australian. It is about stories, sharing stories and friendship”

– Wayne Blair, Director – The Sapphires 

 

AFF is a proud member of the Festivals Adelaide group.

Image: 2067 Opening Gala, AFF 2020