Lex Lindsay

CIFF Artistic Director

‘Tis a season of change across our country and capital and you might notice some changes to your favourite film festival too. This year’s program is curated under a collection of talking points, designed to inspire your imagination long before your ticket is torn and popcorn purchased.

We begin with the unholy trinity of things you should never discuss in polite company – Sex, Politics and Religion. Let’s do away with those demure courtesies. This is the capital we are duty bound to speak of such things. Yes?

We follow this with a focus on the unique relationships and responsibilities that we have to ourselves and to each other in Individual, Family and Planet. Please note, there are a number of films in this section that you can share with the teens in your tribe too.

And finally, we celebrate those central human experiences that cinema has such a powerful way of enlightening for us all – Life, Love and Liberty.

For each theme we have six films and at least one conversation, each offering their own take on the topic through a variety of styles and genres. You might choose to delve right in and explore one or two themes in their entirety, or handpick your festival across the range. Either way, I hope our talking points entertain and illuminate in equal measure, and help facilitate those broader discussions our festival aims to inspire.

We’re also here for the thrills, so make sure you check out Freaky Fridays at the NFSA. Get in early for a ticket to our spectacular opener All Is Lost and sharpen your fangs for our special centerpiece presentation, Only Lovers Left Alive.

In welcoming you to the festival, I must also say thank you. Thank you for the very warm welcome I have received. From the CIFF team, board, staff and volunteers; to the partner organisations who help make the event happen; to the members and punters I’m loving getting to know. It has been wonderful to feel so immediately embraced and both a privilege and pleasure to present this program to you.