The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) is now in its 23rd year. In recent years, the Festival has been held at the National Film and Sound Archive. The Festival is a not-for-profit association with a board of volunteer community members who appoint a professional programmer and event manager. In 2017, the programming and event management were out-sourced to Ronin Films, a Canberra-based company run by Dr Andrew Pike, OAM.
In 2017, the CIFF Board endorsed the concept of developing the Festival into a “Retrospective” film event, to distinguish it from the large number of film festivals now screening year-round in Canberra’s commercial cinemas. As a fully retrospective Film Festival, CIFF will be unique in Canberra and rare nationally.
Due to changes in ACT Government arts policy, funding for CIFF from the local government has come to an end. With support from enthusiastic audiences and philanthropists, the Motion Picture Association and the Friends of the NFSA, we will present a short event, 25 to 27 October 2019, at the NFSA’s beautiful Arc cinema, as a prelude to a larger event in October 2020 and beyond.