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For the past 17 years, the Canberra
International Film Festival has showcased
films that capture the essence of countries
from all over the world.
On October 30 the reels will start to turn
and over 12 days and cinephiles will be
treated to a banquet of international culture on the
New artistic director Lex Lindsay is still buzzing after
enjoying the Cannes Film Festival in May this year
and the experience provided him with inspirational
ideas and thoughts on the films that he believes will
impress at Canberra's festival.
"It's the first time that I've been there and it's a big,
crazy beast of a thing," he says.
"In many ways I found the films offered in the market
[which runs in conjunction with the Cannes festival]
to be just as fascinating and fabulous as those in the
Lindsay has established and curated films for festivals
over the past nine years, and most recently, was the
artistic director of Queer Screen and the Mardi Gras
There will be more films shown at the CIFF in 2013
than any other year and Lex is passionate about
implementing changes that will broaden the festival
audience and secure the event's future.
"This festival is going to have a slightly different feel
than the last couple of years, I think that people will
notice a certain change," Lindsay says.
"In many ways we are spoiled for choice so I'm in the
process of thematically drawing together what the
program will be."
Lindsay is determined to include films within the
festival which represent the diversity and complexity
of the film industry and the world around us.
Some of his initiatives for this year include the
curating of more documentaries, more Australian
content and films targeted to younger audiences.
He is planning to show teenage-appropriate films at
"I really believe in providing opportunities for
younger audiences to engage with the world cinema
culture which is more sophisticated and complicated
than what they might see in the standard blockbuster
film," Lindsay says.
"We will begin with this and see how we go but in the
future, there might also be room for more children's
"For every type of festival, it is really important to
develop a relationship with your future stakeholders,
your key audience."
This films showing at this year's festival hail from
America, Britain, France, Italy, Scandinavia and
Germany, which Lindsay says is a strong film-making
"I'm also looking at a number of titles from Japan and
China at the moment," he says.
Films coming out of China at the moment are
reflecting the impact the country's development and
growth is having on its people: Lindsay says some
films are becoming more commercialised while it
is clear that some other film-makers are finding it
difficult to live in a country experiencing such rapid
He credits the success of the Canberra festival to the
solid programming throughout the years.
"I think that there is an audience here in Canberra
that is really hungry for exceptional world cinema and
for new ideas, new faces and new narrative," he said.
"There is a community here that is absolutely
enamoured with cinema culture."
The 17th Canberra International Film Festival
will run for 12 days at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra,
from Wednesday, October 30.
Cast as the new artistic director for the Canberra International
Film Festival, Lex Lindsay is eager to make his mark on one of
our biggest cultural events. BY JASMINE HIGHFIELD
THE CANBERRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (CSFF)
Now in its 18th year, the Canberra Short Film Festival
continues to highlight the diversity and strengths of local,
national and international film-makers.
For the first time, there will be a regional tour following the
conclusion of the festival that will showcase the talent of the
finalists and winners.
After four years as artistic director of the Canberra
International Film Festival, Simon Weaving, who also won
the CSFF local category in 2012, is at the helm.
The categories for this year are international, national,
local, documentary and school.
The Canbera Short Film Festival runs from
September 13 to 15 at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra.
BODY OF WORK
Body of Work is a centenary event presented by the
Canberra International Film Festival and will honour the
work of international cinema legend, Harvey Weinstein.
Harvey Weinstein is the co-founder of film production
company Miramax Films and the co-chair of The Weinstein
Company. He has received 75 Oscars and 303 nominations.
The event will be a three-day conversation with Mr
Weinstein on the importance of independence to the film
industry. He will be joined by the cream of Australian film
Body of Work runs from Friday, November 22, to Sunday,
November 24, and will be staged in multiple iconic venues
across the capital.
SHORT SEASONS FILM FESTIVAL
This short film festival is for Canberra film-makers only
and will run in September.
It will give local budding directors an opportunity to engage
an audience and build a following.
The strength of this event is a credit to the rich film-making
culture which exists in the nation's capital.
The festival is non-competitive and is held twice a year.
Short Seasons Festival is on Friday, September 27,
at 7pm, at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.
MOVIE EXTRA TROPFEST
A change of date means that Tropfest, which usually
runs in February, will run in December this year with
a live screening of the festival's finalists to be held at
Tropfest is the largest short film competition in the world
and was started by John Polson, who is still festival director,
You have the opportunity to be one of the live national
audiences of around 150,000 that watched the screening
of the 16 finalists.
Spaces on the lawn can be reserved and live entertainment,
licensed areas and food will also be available at the event.
Movie Extra Tropfest is on Sunday, December 8,
at Commonwealth Park from 3pm to 11pm.
FOR THE FILM BUFFS...
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