Darwin International Film Festival to become ‘international festival of the north’

Published on : Sunday, June 14, 2015

Darwin International Film FestivalThe Darwin International Film Festival is on its way to becoming the ‘international festival of the north’ after the Country Liberal Party government boosted funding to the annual event.



“The Territory Government is committed to the ongoing development of Arts in the Territory and we’re proud to provide, in addition to Screen Territory funding, $150,000 through FestivalsNT to the Darwin International Film Festival over the next three years,” Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said.



“The Darwin International Film Festival is part of the Government’s FestivalsNT program and this funding will enhance the cultural life of Darwin through the annual screening of a diverse selection of films from around the world.”



Now in its sixth year, the Darwin International Film Festival is operated by the Darwin Film Society and screens films primarily at the Deckchair Cinema.



“The security of this three-year commitment from FestivalsNT gives us the opportunity to grow Darwin International Film Festival beyond what we have been able to achieve in its last five years and we’ll have lots of new developments in the next few months and into 2016,” General Manager of Deckchair Cinema Hannah Brodie-Hall said.



“We couldn’t be happier with this partnership with FestivalsNT as it will give us a bigger platform to promote DIFF both in the NT and interstate and will help us share stories from around the globe,” she added.



Arts Minister Gary Higgins said the development of the Territory’s film industry is as diverse as the Territory itself.



“From iconic films like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Australia and the Crocodile Dundee movies to amazing documentaries like Around the World in 80 Digs, the industry across the Territory continues to punch above its weight,” he said.



“With these historic success stories, the NT Government is committed to ensuring the industry continues to be supported.”



The recently announced Arts and Cultural Reference Group which is working on the Arts and Cultural policy, will be looking at the film sector and consulting widely on the best way to promote and expand the industry.



The Darwin International Film Festival includes screenings, special events and guests, award presentations, short film content as well as film and television workshops.



This year’s DIFF will be held over 8 days and nights from 16-23 September. Festival screenings at the Deckchair Cinema will cost $16 for adults, $12 concession and $10 for members.



Source:- NT Government


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