Adelaide Film Festival

ADL Film Fest // Adelaide Film Festival

11th edition

Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2019
Adelaide, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Mini-series, Multimedia, Narrative fiction, Series, Student, TV
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description The 2018 Adelaide Film Festival (ADL Film Fest) will be presented 10 – 21 October.

ADL Film Fest is a celebration of Australian and international screen culture with a distinctive curated program that includes premiere screenings, special events, awards and forums that attract industry and general public.

ADL Film Fest is calling for feature films, feature documentary, series (single or multiple episodes), short and VR works (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation) made in Australia and internationally. These can be any length or genre. Films under 40 minutes are considered to be short films.

About ADL Film Fest

Established in 2003, the ADL Film Fest was the first film festival in Australia to invest in new work. This has resulted in 86 projects to date which have garnered much acclaim, amassing 95 international and 170 national awards. Some highlights include Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country and Samson & Delilah, Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country and Ten Canoes, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays and Rosemary Meyers’ Girl Asleep to name just a few.

Through the FUND, the ADL Film Fest has championed VR works, including Lynette Wallworth’s Emmy Award winning Collisions and Trent Parke, Narelle Autio and Matthew Bates’ The Summation of Force.

The Festival’s patrons are Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, who for 28 years entertained us on their weekly film review programs – The Movie Show and At The Movies.

Adelaide Film Festival is proud to recognise excellence in screen storytelling with a host of regarded awards.

Our three prestigious juried awards honour the best in show films each festival – boasting a combined prize pool of >AUD$25,000 cash – along with our audience awards, International VR Award, The Don Dunstan Award, the INSITE Award for screenwriting and more.

Works submitted to the festival have previously won the festival competitions.

We’re proud to say ADL Film Fest was the first Australian film festival to create a juried prize for best feature film. Our all-star jury values idiosyncratic voices, bold storytelling, creative risk-taking and overall fabulous films, like previous winners:

I Am Not A Witch, dir. Rungano Nyoni (France / UK, 2017)
Neon Bull, dir: Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, 2015)
Jîn, dir: Reha Erdem (Turkey, 2013)
Incendies, dir: Denis Villeneuve (Canada / France, 2009)
Treeless Mountain, dir: So-yong Kim (USA / South Korea, 2008)
Still Life, dir: Jia Zhangke (China, 2006)

In 2017, the International Feature Jury was Marten Rabarts, Catherine Fitzgerald, Leena Alam, Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Miranda Dear.

Past juries have included Christian Jeune, Wayne Lewis, Maggie Lee, Tom Hajdu, Sophie Hyde, Lawrence Weschler, Maryanne Redpath, Pierre Rissient, J.M. Coetzee, Noah Cowan, Naomi Kawase and Al Clark among other distinguished practitioners and professionals.

The Flinders University International Documentary Award celebrates distinctive factual filmmaking.

The 2017 winner was Ziad Zalthoum for Taste of Cement (Syria, Qatar, Germany, Lebanon, UAE).

In 2015, the documentary prize was awarded to Amber Fares for Speed Sisters (USA/Palestine).

Jakeb Anhvu was the inaugural recipient of the Documentary Award in 2013, for Blush of Fruit (Australia / Vietnam).

Molly Reynolds, Hania Mroue and Eva Orner comprised the Documentary Jury in 2017. Michael Loebenstein, Jane Schoettle and Beck Cole comprised the Documentary Jury in 2015, following on from Joost Den Hartog, Cherelle Zheng and Kristy Matheson on the inaugural jury in 2013.

ADL Film Fest was the first Australian film festival to create a juried VR Award. The inaugural award was presented in 2017 to Michelle & Uri Kranot for Nothing Happens (Denmark, France).

The inaugural 2017 VR Jury was Rachel Landers, Mathew Tizard and Amanda Duthie.
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