Katy Gallagher

ACT Chief Minister

Welcome to the Canberra International Film Festival.

The festival has been a highlight of the Canberra calendar for the last 17 years and I have enjoyed watching the high quality work of talented film makers from Australia and around the world develop and emerge during this time.

In the centenary year for Canberra, over 12 days attendees saw almost 100 screenings of more than 60 titles from across the globe. But what’s really exciting about the festival is that as well as viewing some amazing films, people also have the opportunity to take part in debates, forums, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and chats in the Festival Lounge.

The ACT is lucky to be the home of a thriving and diverse arts scene which plays an important role in the rich make-up of Canberra’s cultural identity.

The Canberra International Film Festival is always well attended throughout the 12 day duration and I would encourage everyone from across the city to get to a screening and take part in the unique experiences the festival has to offer.