Highlight Heading Australia’s film festivals
Highlight Copy Explore your cinematic passions at Australia’s top film festivals.
Article Heading Australia’s film festivals
Explore your cinematic passions at Australia’s top film festivals. The diverse programs have something for everyone, whether you’re a documentary buff, Anime addict, budding filmmaker or just keen to see some acclaimed new releases. Be part of the buzz of the Melbourne International Film Festival or catch some much-anticipated world premieres at the Adelaide Film Festival. Pack a picnic for Sydney’s Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival. Or get a heady dose of independent films in Perth. See Australia’s landscapes showcased in the Darwin Festival, get a window onto other worlds at the Canberra International Film Festival or catch the best cinema from across Asia-Pacific at the Brisbane Film Festival.
Sydney, New South Wales
Each January, you can catch cutting-edge short films from across the world at the pavilion at Bondi Beach. It’s all part of Flickerfest, Australia's only Academy Award-accredited short film festival. In February, picnicking crowds pack out the Domain for Tropfest. It’s the world's largest short film festival and getting bigger each year, with live satellite broadcast to venues in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. You’ll need to pore over your program for the Sydney Film Festival, which screens an enormous array of Australian, international and alternative films over two weeks in June.
No need to fly to Cannes, Rotterdam, Berlin or Toronto. For three weeks each winter, the Melbourne International Film Festival screens acclaimed movies from all the world’s top festivals. See celebrated features, discover unknown gems or catch a short in the prestigious short film competition. In June, the week-long Melbourne International Animation Festival features more than 400 animated films from more than 30 countries. Showcasing both creative and technical genius, the films range from cult classics to the latest releases. Don’t miss the St. Kilda Film Festival, which runs for a week in May and bring hundreds of short films from around the world to Melbourne cinemas in conjunction with Australia’s Top 100 short films competition.
See cinematic offerings from across the Asia-Pacific at the Brisbane International Film Festival in August. Acclaimed features, thought-provoking documentaries, late night thrillers, kid’s films and exploratory works are just some of the highlights of the 24-day festival. Hit the red carpet for gala screenings, back a winner in the short film festival or ponder cinematic and cultural issues at film seminars. Kicking off with a fabulous party, the six-day Brisbane Queer Film Festival in April celebrates gay and lesbian movies that often never received mainstream release.
Adelaide, South Australia