Adelaide Film Festival 2023

The credits have rolled on Adelaide Film Festival 2023 and we’re so grateful to everyone who joined us in celebrating local and international storytelling. Over 200 sessions of more than 130 films from 42 countries were shown across five cinema venues.

In our first year as an annual festival, we set a new box office record. The festival saw a 15% increase on last year’s ticket sales and a massive 81% increase on the last pre-pandemic event in 2018, thanks to your support!

The AFF 2023 program offered audiences an opportunity to ‘see in the dark’ with a festival program featuring directorial debuts, acclaimed stars, and winners from Cannes, Venice and Sundance.

The festival opened with Kitty Green’s SA-made outback thriller The Royal Hotel, and featured gala events for an AFF Investment Fund special preview of Speedway by Luke Rynderman and Adam Kamien, and world premiere of MY NAME’S BEN FOLDS i play piano by Scott Hicks. Plus, a highly popular Music on Film program with documentaries on the likes of The Birthday Party, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Daniel Johns and David Helfgott taking to the stage and screen.

We also cast a spotlight on the cinema of our close neighbour Indonesia, with filmmakers and actors touching down in Adelaide to be our guests for the festival.

Mat Kesting, AFF CEO & Creative Director, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the work of the AFF team in creating a festival that has been so warmly embraced by audiences and one that nurtures screen culture and builds new audience for the cinema arts. My thanks to the South Australian Government for their continued and passionate support for the festival and to our many other partners and sponsors who have contributed to making AFF23 our most successful yet.”

See the full program:

Download the AFF 2023 program here.

Gala Events
AFF Investment Fund Films
Films in Competition
Change Award Films
Country Spotlight: Indonesia
Special Presentations
Music on Film
SA Indies
(Port) Adelaide Film Festival
Reflective Screen
Screen Conversations
Late Announcements

See the red carpet photos:

Find all the event photos here.