The fast-growing Canberra International Film Festival opened last Wednesday and runs until this Sunday (November 6). I'm heading there tomorrow for three days of screenings and will file reviews of some of the program to SBS Film website, which has just published my overview of this year's event:
"Outside of the ACT the festival seems to be a well-kept secret, getting so few mentions in the national film and entertainment media that it’s likely many film lovers would be surprised to learn that it even exists.
"But in Canberra, it’s increasingly a different story. Since being taken over by artistic director Simon Weaving three years ago and moving into the Dendy Cinemas from its former home at the Electric Shadows, the festival has undergone serious audience growth. Two years ago CIFF managed to sell double the number of tickets it had sold in the previous year, while last year saw a year-to-year increase of 18%, says Weaving..."
Story continues here.
Image from King of Devil's Island, best film at this year's Norwegian Film Awards, and on the program at CIFF.