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Adelaide Film Festival announces 2024 dates and opens film submissions

The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has announced that the 2024 Festival dates will be October 23 – November 3. The announcement comes off the back of the Festival having set new attendance and box office records in 2023.

The Festival has also announced the call for film submissions to the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival are now open. The Festival is renowned for championing new talent alongside the must-see films of world cinema. A number of unsolicited submissions have won the official competition in previous years and the submissions have been a great source for uncovering new talent.

Submissions to the Adelaide Film Festival can be made via Film Freeway:

Passes for the 2024 Festival are now on sale – and what a great Christmas present they make!


Passes available here:

The 2023 Adelaide Film Festival posted the biggest attendance on record with a 15% increase in box office from 2022, and 81% increase in box office on the last pre-pandemic edition in 2018 – an extraordinary vote of confidence from audiences that cinematic storytelling is in high demand.  The festival presented 141 films from 42 countries across 198 sessions and five Adelaide cinemas. There were 28 world premieres, 29 Australian premieres, 31 South Australian films, 11 Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund premieres as well as the AFF Youth program, a Spotlight on Indonesian films program and the innovative EXPAND Lab, an initiative focussed on the development of large-scale projection, immersive or gallery specific work that supported participation by more than 30 artists.

Also announced this week, artist Archie Moore will be the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival and Samstag Moving Image CommissionArchie Moore (Kamilaroi/Bigambul) will present a new moving image work for an exhibition at Samstag with the Adelaide Film Festival in 2024.

For those who missed the Festival or want to recapture the magic, here’s a video of highlights :

“2023 was a massive year for the Adelaide Film Festival as we moved to an annual event and welcomed a record number of people attending.  It’s incredibly exciting to see so many people from Adelaide, South Australia and around the country embracing our program of films that are bold, provocative and entertaining.  We can’t wait to present the 21st iteration next year –  there are surprises in store!” said Mat Kesting, Adelaide Film Festival CEO & Creative Director.

Liz Watts, Head of Film & Television (Aus) at See-Saw Films and one of the producers of the 2023 Openign Night Film, The Royal Hotel, said:

It was an absolute delight to open this year’s Adelaide Film Festival with our film The Royal Hotel. The audience reception was incredible; at once enthusiastic and contemplative, with a great sensitivity to the nuances of the story. The generosity and professionalism of the AFF team made our time in Adelaide a highlight of the festival season, and we very much value the Festival as a brilliant launching pad for the film in Australia!”


The Adelaide Film Festival has secured a reputation around the globe as an essential screen culture event and was named in Variety Film magazine’s 50 Unmissable Film Festivals list and locally acclaimed as Best Festival by Arts SAs Ruby Awards. With a distinctively curated program of Australian and international screen culture, special events, awards and forums, the Festival continues to be regarded as a premier destination for new and exciting screen projects.

The Adelaide Film Festival is proud to celebrate excellence in screen storytelling and presents a number of prestigious Jury and Audience Awards at each festival edition.

The Adelaide Film Festival takes place immediately after the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, signifying the beginning of the awards season. Australian screen industry icons Margaret Pomeranz AM and David Stratton AM are patrons of the Festival. 

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF), a cornerstone of the Festival, invests in new screen production. Since inception in 2003, AFFIF has redefined the role of film festivals to be an active contributor in creating new work and has supported over 150 projects. The first fund of its type in Australia, and a rarity worldwide, AFFIF is a major force for encouraging and showcasing bold new Australian screen works.


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