Through the ground-breaking Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF), the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has supported the realisation of over 150 Australian screen productions, many of which have screened across the globe at acclaimed film festivals.

In 2024, for the first time, AFF offers South Australian filmmakers and national AFFIF alumni (producers and directors) the opportunity to attend a program of activities at the Marché du Film Festival de Cannes, the world’s largest film market.

Funding is available for travel. Attendance will cover 14 – 20 May 2024.

The objective of this initiative is to connect local filmmaking talent with the global market. Participating filmmakers will be introduced to the Cannes film market, and to select sales agents, distributors, programmers, and other industry participants.

Feature filmmakers (producers or copyright owners and license holders) with projects suitable to this initiative are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest. All filmmakers, both South Australian and national AFFIF alumni, must have a project that can contribute to South Australia:

  • Economically
  • Culturally
  • Creatively

All expressions of interest will be strengthened by any of the following:

  • A near (in post-production) or completed film that is seeking an international sales agent.
  • A market-ready project with a finance plan developed, which could include confirmed investors and other confirmations such as cast.
  • A track record of feature film productions leading to festival selection and/or theatrical release.

Expressions from First Nations filmmakers are encouraged, including by applicants with projects currently in the script stage (this may be requested).

For a limited number of selected participants, there will be the opportunity to participate as part of the Cannes Marché, Goes to Cannes initiative, in addition to the other activities offered. This is only suited to feature projects that are in post-production, seeking further investment, territory sales or agent representation.

As part of the requirements of participation, selected filmmakers will be required to participate fully in the daily program — which includes a series of roundtables, submitting a post-market report, and, if the film goes into production, giving the Adelaide Film Festival a credit line.

Expressions of interest should make the case for inclusion — why you, why now?

Submission have now closed.