Territorians are invited to explore the world of cinema with a wide-ranging mix of award-winning films from around the globe at the Darwin International Film Festival from 15-25 September 2022. This year, the programming has expanded with 39 screenings across eleven nights with something for everyone of all ages. View the program here and get your tickets and passes here. In other exciting news, there'll be no shortage of industry talent at this year's event, with more than 30 special guests in attendance. Audiences are encouraged to hang back after screenings to meet and hear from local and interstate filmmakers and actors.
John Schier, DIFF Festival Chair had this to say - "Rich storytelling comes from telling a range of lived-in experiences. International dramas, epic nature documentaries, and First Nations stories is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of programming we're excited to once again offer at DIFF. This year, we're celebrating a record level of Territory screen productions and also expanding how festival-goers can enjoy stories from around the world, including Aussie favourites with our Sundown Screen that fills the Waterfront Peninsula Lawns with seats and snacks for the whole family."
This year's Opening Night FilmWe Are Still Here sees eight First Nations heroes overcoming obstacles to be masters of their own destinies. It originated as a response to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival and is an unparalleled First Nations celebration of stories. There's also a series of your favourite Aussie movies in Classic Australiana like Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet, Muriel's Wedding, Death in Brunswick and more on the Sundown Screen. Other special screenings include an unmissable new series, True Colors, a murder mystery, MaveriX, a major NT series filmed in and around Alice Springs andThree Thousand Years of Longing, presented by Oscar winning Guest of Honour John Seale AM ACS ASC and more!
Other highlights include the newly implemented fully equipped new outdoor cinema at Darwin Waterfront Peninsula Lawns to pair with the Festival's home, Deckchair Cinema. Sundown Screen will show a fantastic selection of films and is perfect for the whole family, with early screenings free of charge and deluxe catered seating options available. No need to bring a thing, as chairs, mats and cushions will be available in addition to a fully licensed bar stocked with snack choices for all.
The Cinemart part of the program merges live music and film and occurs on both Saturdays during the festival. Films in this sector are accompanied by live, original scores. #Ghostmodern for instance, blurs the line between documentary and live performance to create a kaleidoscopic expanded cinema production that will provocatively explore our media-saturated reality. You'll also experience the high-octane action masterpiece Max Max Fury Road Black & Chrome in an immersive cinematic event like no other. An original score will be performed by award-winning artists Tom Thum, Benjamin Walsh, and Shenzo Gregorio, that'll transform the film into a mixture of live performance and blockbuster cinema.
DIFF will also present a two-day NT Screen Summit that'll inform and inspire screen practitioners of all career levels, as well as broader stakeholders of the screen industry. It's an opportunity to expand networks locally and interact with major players in the national screen industry. The NT's finest cinematographers will be recognised as part of the Industry Events, at the 2022 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards. and guest of honour John Seale AM ACS ASC will be in attendance.
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