Culture and Creativity at the Adelaide Film Festival

The vibrant city of Adelaide bursts with cultural colour throughout the year, bringing anyone on Adelaide city tours a roster of fun events, from art exhibitions, to live performances and lively festivals.

Taking place every two years, the Adelaide Film Festival forms an important part of the city’s cultural calendar, bringing the world’s best-loved films from well-known and emerging directors to screens and venues around the city. Held for two weeks during October, the festival will take place between the 5th and 15th of October this year.

During this time, visitors will have the chance to attend exclusive screenings, watch award ceremonies take place, and take part in numerous other cultural happenings that occur around the festival itself.

The festival was set up to celebrate Australian and international screen culture, boasting forums and special events that replicate several themes in the films on show and that give visitors the chance to deep-dive into the film world.

It is now known as one of the most innovative festivals in the country, and is well-known around the world as a spot for hosting exciting new talent that has emerged from the Australia film industry.

When it first began, the Adelaide Film Festival took place in March, just before winter hit. However, since 2013, it has been moved to the month of October to celebrate the arrival of summer and to bring a new cultural event to spring in the city.

Adelaide Film Festival Awards

A large part of the festival is the awards that are handed out to new and emerging directors and locals working in the film industry.

The category for the Best International Feature Film Award is the most anticipated award, celebrating the many achievements of top filmmakers from all across the globe. The festival was the first Australian film festival to offer a juried prize for the best feature film, an accolade that still remains an important part of the celebrations today. For this particular category, the judges look for a distinctive voice in storytelling, bold narratives, creative risk-taking, and generally fabulous films.

If you find yourself exploring Adelaide during the 10-day extravaganza in October, be sure to check out some of the events taking place as part of it. Not only will you get to witness some of Australia’s burgeoning talent, but you’ll also get a taste for the rich cultural landscape that characterises the city.