The Canberra International Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for ACT audiences to see a great variety of international films of the highest calibre. Each year, many Canberrans look forward to celebrating cinema across a 12-day program that showcases extraordinary films from both Australia and around the globe. As a curated festival, audiences can be assured of seeing approximately 6O world class feature films and feature length documentaries. In addition to the screenings, movie goers can participate in a suite of additional events such as Q&A sessions and panel discussions with directors, producers and actors.
Canberra residents are enthusiastic mover goers. In 2OO9–1O, 76% of residents over the age of 15 years attended cinemas compared with 67% of Australians. In addition of those who went to the Cinema, 43% went more than five times in the year.
The arts are an intrinsic part of a lively and engaged community. The ACT is a unique jurisdiction and home to a distinctive and valuable local arts scene. Access to and participation in the arts is vital to our continued enjoyment of a productive, healthy and creative community. The Canberra community enjoys not only viewing but also making films. The ACT film sector is diverse and highly capable with many talented filmmakers.
I have enjoyed watching the Festival develop in scope and audience numbers over the past few years and I wish the Canberra International Film Festival well.