Sunday 22 August 2021

Canberra International Film Festival postpones until 2022 ...and something to amuse



The Canberra International Film Festival, due to commence on 22 October this year, has been postponed until 2022.

The President of the Festival committee, Dr Adele Chynoweth, said today, “As Canberra’s longest running film festival, it is very sad that the event has now been cancelled in two successive years because of the COVID pandemic. The festival in October this year would have been the 24th edition of the event, and had been designed as a significant comeback after missing 2020.”

Dr Chynoweth added, “Our Festival Director, Dr Andrew Pike, has created a brilliant program which we will roll out next year as soon as conditions allow.”

Dr Pike said that the program planned for 2021 can be held over intact. The program will reflect the Festival’s role as one of Australia’s leading retrospective film events, presenting cinema classics in both digitally remastered form as well as in their original 35mm format. He said, “The essence of the Festival is to re-discover our cinema heritage and to experience these films on the big screen. We also have a distinguished line-up of specialist guests to provide historical context for the audience through introductory talks and in Q&As.”

The Canberra International Film Festival is supported by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, the Friends of the NFSA, the Motion Picture Association, and many private donors.

Information about new dates for the Festival will be notified in due course on the Festival website and on Facebook ( and Instagram (

For interviews and further information contact Andrew Pike on 0412 440 954 or Both Dr Chynoweth and Dr Pike are available for interviews.


Canberra International Film Festival, P.O. Box 680, Mitchell, ACT 2911.

So here are a couple of stills from the postponed program to whet the appetite. A prize of a free subscription to Film Alert 101 to anyone who gives the correct answer. Tie break questions. Name the Australian connections. Answers to

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