July 16, 2024

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Cinema of Cool: Film Festivals in Australia

Cinema of Cool: Film Festivals in Australia


The Australian film industry has been thriving for decades, but there are still many people who are unfamiliar with how many great films come from Australia. To help you get started on your journey, here are the top five film festivals in Australia:

Cinema of Cool: Film Festivals in Australia

Sydney Film Festival

  • Sydney Film Festival (SFF): SFF is a film festival held in June and July. It’s one of the largest film festivals in the world, and it has been running since 1954.
  • Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF): MIFF takes place over two weeks from August to September each year, showcasing more than 200 films from around the globe.

Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in the world. It was founded in 1952 and has been running annually since then, except for a few years when it was cancelled due to financial difficulties.

The festival screens both features and shorts from all over Australia and internationally. The event usually takes place over 12 days at various venues around Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city after Sydney.

Brisbane International Film Festival

The Brisbane International Film Festival is the largest film festival in Queensland and one of the most popular in Australia. It was founded in 1996, and has been held every year since then. The festival runs for 10 days each September at the Brisbane Powerhouse, a cultural hub located on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Brisbane International Film Festival screens a wide range of films including documentaries, feature films and shorts from around Australia as well as internationally acclaimed filmmakers from all over the world.

Adelaide International

The Adelaide International Film Festival began in 2003 and has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in Australia. Held every year in South Australia’s capital city, it features a diverse range of films from all over the world and includes a variety of events and programs that showcase local talent.

The festival takes place over two weeks in January or February each year, showcasing more than 200 short films, feature films, documentaries and animations by filmmakers from around Australia as well as internationally acclaimed directors such as Jane Campion (The Piano) and Ken Loach (Bread And Roses).

Perth International Film Festival

The Perth International Film Festival is a great way to get a taste of what’s happening in the Australian film industry. The festival offers screenings of independent films from around the world and features workshops, forums and special events. It also features an awards ceremony where you can vote for your favorite movie!

The festival runs from February 7th through 19th this year, so there’s still time to plan an adventure out west with your friends or family members before it ends!

These are the top film festivals in Australia.

  • Sydney Film Festival: This festival takes place in June, and it’s one of the biggest events on Australia’s film calendar. The program includes screenings of new Australian features and short films, international productions, documentaries and more.
  • Melbourne International Film Festival: This event is held every August in Melbourne (also known as “the cultural capital of Australia”). It features screenings of feature-length movies from all over the world, including some blockbusters like Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 or Hugo. Tickets are available online at their website miff.com.au or through Ticketek outlets nationwide.* Adelaide Film Festival: Held annually since 1954 (with an eight-year hiatus), this festival showcases a range of genres including documentaries as well as drama pieces with local directors participating alongside international ones like Werner Herzog or Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who have been guests at previous events.* Brisbane International Film Festival: Known locally simply as BIFF because no one can pronounce its full name without sounding ridiculous!


If you’re looking to get the most out of your next trip Down Under, then there’s no better way than by attending one of these film festivals. They’re not just great for seeing some incredible movies; they also offer a chance to immerse yourself in local culture, meet new people and explore beautiful locations!