Darwin International Film Festival

Written by on 12/09/2019

Celebrating its tenth year, the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF) kicks off today at the Deckchair Cinema and will run until 22 September.

The eleven-day festival brings an exciting mix of local, national and international cinema to Darwin, offering a program of 50 feature and short films from over 15 countries and various screening premieres.

This year’s closing performances will include a Territory-first event at the Darwin Waterfront – a 30-metre high ‘water screen’ projecting mesmerising imagery for families to enjoy.

This year DIFF is teaming up with Screen Territory to celebrate emerging local film talent through the Spark short film initiative which provides production funding, prizes and career incentives to local emerging filmmakers and $10,000 for each successful entrant.

Four local film teams will have their short films premiered throughout DIFF, with Alice Springs-based filmmaker, Biddy O’Loughlin, the first to contribute work under the Spark initiative.

For more information visit https://diff.net.au/

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The Darwin International Film Festival is an iconic Darwin event and the Territory Labor Government is pleased once again to support the festival.

“The festival is an exciting opportunity for our local screen industry to develop and showcase their work, and it has important flow-on effects that support our tourism industry and local businesses. 

“The Territory Labor Government is investing $9 million into our film and screen sector over four years, recognising its importance in sharing the Territory’s story with the world and its economic potential for the NT.”

Quotes from Darwin International Film Festival Manager, Blandine Ruffo:

“This year’s program carries a lot of weight in its outreach to our diverse community, and to our talented local screen industry. This ambitious scope was made possible thanks to the constant and growing support from the Northern Territory Government.

“This year will see the first-ever ‘water screen show’ in the Northern Territory, peppered with local content including a beautiful tribute to Australian legend David Gulpilil.

 “The Darwin International Film Festival programming committee has come up with a truly attractive selection of short and feature films, and the Spark Film initiative – now co-sponsored with Screen Territory – has some fantastic local original content in store for our faithful audience.

“The support we receive from the Northern Territory Government also allows us to remain very accessible, with affordable pass options, and many free events. Darwin International Film Festival is all about inclusiveness and sharing moments together as we open our eyes and hearts to diverse stories.”

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