20 October 2021


October 19 – 30, 2022

Following its box-office record-breaking presentation in 2020, the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has today announced that the 2022 Festival will be held from October 19 – 30.

The biennial Festival is considered one of Australia’s most distinctive and innovative.  Every two years, AFF screens the very best of contemporary Australian and international feature films, documentaries, short films and virtual reality productions and premieres screen projects made with the support of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund.

Also known as the ‘friendly festival’, Adelaide Film Festival is renowned for welcoming filmmaker guests and patrons from around Australia and the globe. 2022 will see the resumption of guests being able to travel for the Festival to Adelaide, South Australia, a centre for filmmaking and cultural excellence in Australia.

AFF is calling for film submissions for the 2022 program.  Three Jury Awards will be presented – for Feature Fiction, Feature Documentary and Virtual Reality – and three Audience Awards – for Best Feature, Best Documentary and the Change Award, for positive social or environmental impact.

Presented by the Adelaide Film Festival Board, the Don Dunstan Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian screen culture.  The Board makes a presentation at each AFF. Previous recipients include Bruna Papandrea, Freda Glynn, Margaret Pomeranz, David Stratton, Andrew Bovell, Scott Hicks, Judy Davis, Jan Chapman, Rolf de Heer, Dennis O’Rourke and David Gulpilil.

The AFF also presents the Bettison & James Award, an annual award which provides $50,000 in recognition of an exemplary and inspiring lifelong body of work. The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation works with AFF to facilitate the Bettison & James Award.  Each year, the award l gives $50,000 to a recipient who has contributed significantly in their area of expertise – be it the arts and humanities, social justice, the environment, the sciences or other.

AFF Creative Director & CEO, Mat Kesting, said: “After the turbulence and disruptions of the past year and a half, the Adelaide Film Festival board and staff are delighted to be working towards presenting an incredible program in 2022, where once again lovers of film and screen arts more broadly and filmmakers themselves will be able to come together in Adelaide to enjoy the inimitable shared experience that cinema brings.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills, the Hon. David Pisoni, MP, said: “The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is an internationally regarded showcase for Australian screen talent and a fantastic event for local lovers of film. As our film industry continues to grow the AFF’s national and international reputation will be further enhanced.”

Find out more about AFF 2022.

To submit your film to the 2022 Festival, click through to the Film Freeway platform via the link below.

AFF 2020 Wrap video

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 was a box-office, record breaking year. Catch up on all the highlights!