Canberra International Film Festival

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Canberra International Film Festival
Canberra International Film Festival logo.jpg
Location National Film and Sound Archive, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Founded 1996
Festival date October/November
Website ciff.com.au

The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) is an annual film festival held in Canberra, Australia. It is a cinema celebration across an 11-day program in October/November each year. It is a showcase of films from Australia and around the globe.[1]

In addition to screening feature films and documentaries, there is always a suite of additional events such as Q&A sessions, workshops and panel discussions with directors, producers, actors and the broad range of artists involved in the filmmaking process.

History[edit]

The University of Canberra was the initiator of the Canberra International Film Festival.[2] For each Festival from 1996 until 2001, either through its Convocation or directly, the University provided the artistic direction, and was also the promoter, manager and underwriter of the festival.[3]

In 2002, as part of a comprehensive plan to restructure the Canberra International Film Festival and secure its future, ownership was transferred to an Incorporated Association. The Canberra International Film Festival is a not-for-profit organisation supported by local and federal government, corporate sponsors and cultural partners.

Artistic Directors[edit]

  • Michael Sergi (1996 – 2008)
  • Simon Weaving (2009 – 2012)[4][5]
  • Lex Lindsay (2013 - 2014)
  • Alice Taylor (2016)
  • Andrew Pike (2017)

CIFF Audience Awards[edit]

Year Film Director
1996
Children of the Revolution
Australia Peter Duncan
1997
The King of Masks
China Wu Tianming
1998
Radiance
Australia Rachel Perkins
1999
The Celebration
Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
2000
Himalaya
France Eric Valli
2001
Amélie
Monsoon Wedding
France Jean-Pierre Jeunet
India Mira Nair
2003
Good Bye Lenin!
Germany Wolfgang Becker
2005
Innocent Voices
Mexico Luis Mandoki
2006
Who Killed the Electric Car?
United States Chris Paine
2007
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
United States Julian Schnabel
2008
Bliss
Turkey Abdullah Oguz
2009
Five Minutes of heaven
United Kingdom Oliver Hirschbiegel
2010
On Childhood
Mexico Carlos Carrera
2011
Life, Above All
South Africa Oliver Schmitz
2012
The Hunt
Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
2013
Once My Mother
Australia Sophia Turkiewicz

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Canberra International Film Festival
  2. ^ Lam, Vanessa (19 March 2015). "Canberra International Film Festival's coming of age". Now UC. University of Canberra. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Schumann, Jessica (6 October 2014). "18 years young: Canberra International Film Festival is almost here". Her Canberra. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Dr Simon Weaving, University of Newcastle, retrieved 26 September 2016, Simon was Director of the Canberra International Film Festival from 2009-2012 
  5. ^ "Weaving quits film festival". CityNews. 10 December 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2016. 

Other film festivals[edit]