Adelaide Film Festival

The Adelaide Film Festival celebrates the moving image in all its glorious forms. It fills the city and surrounds with feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and new media works. In cinemas, galleries and on the street, #ADLFF sends you around the globe in a cinema seat

Adelaide (Oct 14-25, 2020)

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Free Solo

Free Solo

Very few films are ground-breaking in a visual, technical or narrative sense. To manage all ...


Sometimes abstract just doesn’t work ...
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

For such a well known actress, Melissa McCarthy is strangely underrated ...
Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Sometimes it’s never too early to reckon a film has the makings of a classic ...
Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

Have you ever wanted to be scared by one of those old spook houses before ...
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

It’s rare you see something so powerful emerge from that so inscrutable ...
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🔥FIRESTARTER: THE STORY OF BANGARRA is the moving and compelling story behind the evolution of one Australia’s most successful performing arts companies, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Distinctive and dedicated to training and producing world leading Indigenous dancers and visions, ‘Bangarra‘, which is Wiradjuri ‘to make fire’ has set the world ablaze with their performances. It is also the story of one of Australia’s greatest family of artists, the Pages. 🎟 Get in quick as there’s very limited sessions available. Buy your tickets now via the link: #ADLFF⁠ #AFF⁠ #AFF2020⁠ #Filmfestival #Film
"gripping, visually spectacular…a visually ravishing and commendably nuanced” (Hollywood Reporter) With the massacre of a peaceful Indigenous family, a chain of violent confrontations are set off. HIGH GROUND deals with the colonial past of Australia in a spectacular way, with some of Australia's best actors. Starring Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Jack Thompson and Witiyana Marika, this film is not one to be missed. Be quick to get your tickets to the Gala screening now - #ADLFF⁠ #AFF⁠ #AFF2020⁠ #Filmfestival #Film #highground #Simonbaker Alt text: Two men on horses in a field
In case you missed the big news, sci-fi thriller 2067 is our Opening Night Gala on Wednesday 14 October. Tickets are already selling quickly to these limited screenings! The film is set in 2067 when earth has been ravaged by climate change and people are forced to live on artificial oxygen. Humanity’s only solution is to build a quantum time machine to contact the future for answers from our descendants. A response sends Ethan (Smit-McPhee), a reclusive utility worker, barrelling into the future as the only hope for his species. He is thrust into a terrifying new world that threatens his mission to save his dying wife. Following the World Premiere screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, join the filmmakers and other cinema lovers for an Opening Night Party like no other – outside and under the stars in Ebenezer Place & Vardon Avenue (socially distanced and seated). Head to our website to get your ticket before they're all gone! - #ADLFF #AFF #Adelaide #Filmfestival Palace Nova Cinemas South Australian Film Corporation 2067 The Movie Seth Larney Director This is Arcadia Futurism Studios
🎨 This year the fundamental role artists play in inspiring and supporting society has never been more on show. We bring you a film which encapsulates this inspiration and support in the intimate friendship which develops between a painter and the junkie-thief who stole her paintings. "Through twists and turns, THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making," Associated Press. This screening will have very limited sessions. Buy your tickets now - #ADLFF #AFF #Adelaide #Filmfestival #Art #Painting
Need a good film to watch this week? AFF Front of House Manager Mel Little recommends the 1984 screwball martial arts comedy WHEELS ON MEALS. Mel says, "Thomas (Jackie Chan) and David (Yuen Biao) are a couple of kung-fu fighting cousins who run a fast food truck in sunny Barcelona. But when a beautiful pickpocket named Sylvia (Lola Forner) runs off with their money, they are drawn into a wild and wacky adventure. "Pure 80's cult cinema culminating in one of Chan's all time greatest fight scenes." You can watch WHEELS ON MEALS on SBS On Demand now - #AFF #ADLFF #Jackiechan
🍿 Need something to watch? How about a recommendation from one of our AFF Staff Members. Hugo Lombard recommends the "insane dystopian satire" SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. "SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is Boots Riley's wild ride through race relations and consumerism in America," Hugo explains. "It follows protagonist Cassius Green (cash is green, get it?) as he finds a way to climb the corporate ladder of call centres by employing a voice sounding eerily like Patton Oswalt. "The stellar cast featuring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun and Armie Hammer, all kill it." 🎥 You can watch SORRY TO BOTHER YOU on Netflix now. #aff #adlff #sorrytobotheryou
🎟 It's our final day of 20% off all passes and ticketing for AFF Members. You still have until midnight tonight 🎟 Is one film not enough for you? (it’s not). Then an AFF Pass will be the best bet for you to experience as much as you need at this year's festival. Passes can be purchased with the choice of a 3, 7 or 10 MultiPass. Cinephiles can indulge in a full festival experience with a Gold or Platinum Pass to squeeze in as many films as possible into their schedule. Head to our website to sign up to our AFF Membership and purchase your pass today - #AFF #ADLFF #filmfestival #Adelaide
🎤 This weekend's screenings of I AM WOMAN are almost sold out! Don't miss out. There are still a few tickets remaining to Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas on Sunday 23 August - but these are selling quickly! Buy your tickets here - #aff #adlff #iamwoman
🎤 Tune into ABC Adelaide today at 2.20pm to hear Sonya Feldhoff talk with Tilda Cobham-Hervey about the upcoming Australian premiere of Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund supported I AM WOMAN at Palace Nova Cinemas and Wallis Cinemas Mitcham on the 22 and 23 August. I AM WOMAN is the new biopic and Stan Original Film about legendary Australian singer and feminist icon, Helen Reddy. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears that promises to leave you humming …I am strong, I am invincible... Tickets are selling fast! Visit our website to find out how to join our new AFF Membership Program and get a discount on your I AM WOMAN ticket. For tickets and more information head to #IAmWoman #AFF
Who is your favourite actor? What was their best role? #aff #adlff #question #filmfestival
Who remembers this magical and iconic moment at AFF 2018? Acclaimed British multimedia, performance and installation artist Sue Austin presented the Southern Hemisphere premiere of her underwater, live art event ‘Creating the Spectacle!' Austin took her wheelchair underwater to perform a stunningly beautiful dance performance. #AFF #creatingthespectacle
Need something to watch this weekend? This week for Staff Selects, AFF's Finance and Governance Manager, Robyn Jones recommends FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER. A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Robyn says, "It’s a hard slog, being a long movie and difficult subject matter, but it features beautiful cinematography and a performance by young actress, Sareum Srey Moch, that I found completely captivating." You can watch FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER on Netflix now. #AFF #ADLFF #Firsttheykilledmyfather