The 17th Annual Canberra International Film Festival launched today with a bit of a shindig at Dendy Cinema in Civic. The expected impassioned speeches about film, and a selection of excellent movie trailers kicked off the festival in style.
The festival proper will run from the 30th of October until the 10th of November and contains 63 films from 31 different countries.
Interestingly none of the films involved in this curated festival are older than 14 months, with most having only been released in the past year.
It is a fine time to be a film fan in Canberra.
Speaking of film fans, a selection of “Canberra film buffs, students, bloggers, presenters and comedians” will be getting involved int he festival as a part of an online review competition.
Competing to be CIFF’s answer to David and Margaret.
“We wanted to encourage more people L particularly young people L to become members of CIFF, to come to the festival and engage with the brilliant titles and discourse programs we have brought to Canberra,” Artistic Director Lex Lindsay said.
“We expect some reviews will be funny and others more serious, but I look forward to seeing what the reviewers have to say about some of the festival’s challenging and artistic films and documentaries.”
The reviewers are:
• Jacob Wray, ACT Youth Coalition
• Chris Endrey and Meg O’Connell, In Canberra Tonight
• Harris Stuckey, Comedy ACT
• Joshua Glass, Comedy ACT
• Sonia Bowditch, Blogger Bowditch Pitch)
• Astrid Parker and Jack Scott, CIT Media Production
• Travis Cragg, ANU Film Group
• Nana Jbeili, UC Journalism
• Sebastian Chan and Cameron Kirby, UC Media Society
• James Sandry, Reel McCoy Film Group
• Deborah Avery, recent Sex Party candidate.
The reviewers will be assigned a film or documentary to review either in writing 350 words) or by video 90 seconds) that will be released and shared from the Canberra International Film Festival Facebook page. The review that gains the most likes, comments and shares will be deemed the winner. The winning reviewer s) will be special guests at the festival’s closing night film and after party and receive a year’s free membership to CIFF, which includes six free films at the Dendy Cinema throughout the year.
Check out the program for the festival on their website http://www.canberrafilmfestival.com.au/ or by downloading their smartphone app.