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Program

Adelaide Film Festival is proud to recognise excellence in screen storytelling with a host of well-regarded film festival awards. In previous years these have included awards across Feature Fiction, Documentary, Change, Virtual Reality and career achievement.

The 2020 AFF Feature Fiction and Documentary competitions were decided by a prestigious jury. Their expertise covered a broad range of engagements with the screen, from writing, criticism, exhibition to production.

Feature Film Award

Presented alongside several Audience Awards, AFF was the first Australian film festival to create a juried prize for best feature film. Our jury values idiosyncratic voices, bold storytelling, creative risk-taking and overall fabulous films.

Read more about the Adelaide Film Festival Feature Film Award.

Documentary Award

The AFF Documentary Award celebrates distinctive factual filmmaking. Previous Jury members include Larissa Behrendt, Tania Nehme, Madeleine Parry, Molly Reynolds, Eva Orner, Michael Loebenstein, Jane Schoettle, Beck Cole and Kristy Matheson along with other distinguished practitioners and professionals.

Read more about the Adelaide Film Festival Documentary Award.

AFF Audience Awards

The AFF Audience Awards are voted for by film-goers, giving everyone who comes to the Festival a chance to champion their favourite films. There are three Audience Awards, in categories for feature fiction, documentary, and short film.

Read more about the Adelaide Film Festival Audience Awards.

Change Award

In 2020 AFF introduced the Change Award for positive social or environmental impact celebrates cinema that expresses a desire to live in new ways. The Change Award celebrates the feature that best demonstrates these values.

Read more about the Adelaide Film Festival Change Award.

Don Dunstan Award

With each edition of AFF, the Adelaide Film Festival Board presents the Don Dunstan Award in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian screen culture.

Read more about the Adelaide Film Festival Don Dunstan Award.

Bettison & James Award

Administered by Adelaide Film Festival, this annual award provides $50,000 in recognition of an exemplary and inspiring lifelong contribution to Australia for an individual working in any field.

Read more about the Bettison & James Award.

Virtual Reality Award

AFF was the first Australian film festival to create a juried VR Award. In 2018 the winner was The Unknown Patient, dir. Michael Beets (Australia) following on from inaugural winner Nothing Happens, dir. Michelle & Uri Kranot (Denmark, France).

Past juries have included Sue Austin, Mathew Tizard, Kim Batterham,  Rachel Landers and Amanda Duthie.

Read more about the Virtual Reality Award.