The 16th Annual Canberra International Film Festival is running over 12 days, and is an opportunity to a huge variety of feature films from all over the world. Films are screened at the Dendy Cinemas Canberra or Arc Cinemas at the National Film and Sound Archive; there are also special screenings at the National Gallery of Australia.
With 60 films being showcased, there is no shortage of things to see. There are new releases of every genre, and also a few classics like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, or the lesser known 1980s horror flick Maniac Cop.
If you're after something humorous, then the Scottish flick The Angels' Share should be on your list. It's a film about a group of young offenders, who start to plan an impressive heist, stealing the most expensive keg of whiskey in Scotland. It's a film that is both heart warming and funny. Or there's Turn Me On Goddamit! A teenage-romantic-comedy from Norway, that does things a little differently.
Then there's the absurd comedy out of France, Luxembourg, and Belgium: Sex, Lies, and Sugery. The only tears it's likely to have you in, are tears of laughter.
It's not all fun and games, you'll find plenty of serious films amongst the mix. Check out award winning films like the Romanian drama Beyond the Hills, or the mesmerising Faust out of Russia.
There are documentaries like the American made Chasing Ice, a visually incredible film that documents the effects of climate change. Or Step Up to the Plate, a portrait of a family of famous French chefs that will entertain all foodies and wannabe restaurateurs. For the more musically inclined, check out films on Charles Bradbury, Neil Young, and Paul Kelly.
It's a chance to not only go out and watch the films you love to see, but to step out of your comfort zone and try something different.
On top of the film screenings, make sure you check out Chats in the Festival Lounge. This will be your chance to look behind the films, with interesting conversations and insights.
If you're planning on seeing a few films in the festival, make sure you take a look a CIFF membership. Not only do you get discounted tickets to films during the festival, but you'll also get special offers throughout the year. For just $35 for single membership, or $60 for double membership, it's a good deal.
Take a look at the full program of CIFF films, and start planning your festival itinerary now. You can buy tickets online, or from the Dendy Box Office.