Help uncover Adelaide’s forgotten stories

Do you know a story about Adelaide’s past that never made the history books?

The history we learn is mostly focused on the powerful. But often, it’s everyday people and events which truly shaped the lives we live today.

Tales in Light is a project from Adelaide Film Festival shining a light, literally, on Adelaide’s forgotten people and events. From public submissions, 20 stories will be selected for writers to research and develop. The 20 stories will then be revealed, with one chosen to be turned into a light projection that runs during the festival from 19-30 October 2022.

How can I be involved?
There are a few ways to participate in the inaugural Tales in Light program:

1) Submit a story

Let us know the Adelaide stories you’ve never told.

Stories can be from any time in the past, about any sort of person or event. Maybe you remember something that was a big deal at the time but has slowly been forgotten, or perhaps you have a personal family story that only a few people knew.

Whatever your Adelaide story is, we want to hear it.

2) Contribute as a writer

AFF is working with Writers SA and Wakefield Press to find five writers with a passion for local stories, and a professional interest in developing skills to work on screen-based immersive projects.

Each writer will be provided with a fee to research and outline four nominated stories. Writers are encouraged to come to the project with one idea for a story indicative of their areas of interest.

Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned for further updates!

Enquiries about submissions or participation can be directed to Adelaide Film Festival.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 (08) 8394 2505

Tales In Light brings together a unique set of collaborators from across the arts to work on presenting South Australian stories. The collaborators represent South Australian organisations and companies specialising in moving image and technological curation and production and writing specialists from writing to publications.  The collaborators are the Adelaide Film Festival, Monkeystack, Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Writers SA, Wakefield Press and the State Library of South Australia.

Tales in Light is assisted through the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia. The Adelaide Film Festival is assisted through the Department for Innovation and Skills.