Everything you need to know for Opening Night

10 October 2013

It’s finally upon us! The 2013 Adelaide Film Festival will officially kick off tonight with the Australian premiere of John Curran’s Australian epic, Tracks.

If you managed to get tickets to join us for this sold-out red carpet screening and gala after party, well done. Here’s a list of everything we think you’ll need to know to have the best night of the year; but as always, if you have any questions you can facebook or tweet our team.

What time should I arrive?

We kick off with our pre-film presentations at 7pm, but you’ll want some time to strut your stuff on the red carpet and pose with our camel co-stars (yes, you read that right). Somewhere between 6.30pm and 6.45pm should be perfect.

Help – I’ve lost my tickets!

Silly billy. Never fear – the BASS counter will be open from 6pm and their friendly staff will be able to check you off a list of all ticket holders and sort you out.

What should I wear?

We don’t mean to brag, but word on the street is the AFF Opening Night Gala is the party of the year. You should aim for cocktail attire at a minimum; but this is your chance to go all-out with the glitz and glamour of a red carpet ensemble (see our list of recommended fashion stops here).

Ladies, you may want to bring a change of shoes for the trek from the Festival Theatre to the Freemasons Hall.

Is the after party at the Festival Centre?

No, it’s at the Freemasons Hall – 254 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Will there be a cloak room at the after party?

Yes, a cloak room will be available at the Freemasons Hall. So there’ll be no excuse for not joining us on the dance floor!

Where should I park?

Thanks to sponsor Wilson Parking, we are able to offer discounted parking  at the Adelaide Central (David Jones) car park which is situated conveniently between the Festival Theatre and our party venue, Freemasons Hall on North Tce. The charge will be $5 instead of the normal $28 night rate.

To take advantage of this offer you need to pre-book your car park at bookabay.com.au, specifying the Adelaide Central car park, entering your approximate entry and exit times and using the promo code “AFF2013” in the discount voucher field.


If you missed tickets to tonight’s screening, don’t fret – we’re putting on a repeat screening of Tracks at the Piccadilly Cinema, Thurs 17 Oct.

You can also see AFF Patron Margaret Pomeranz in conversation with the creators of Tracks, Fri 11 Oct, 3pm at the Mercury Cinema; and Robyn Davidson discussing desert landscapes with artist John Wolseley and palaeontologist John Long in 40 Days in the Desert, Sun 20 Oct as part of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.