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Noosa International Film Festival to bring a fresh dose of culture to the coast

Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) is establishing itself as one of Australia’s top destination film festivals, particularly for short films. This year will see 80 films presented over four days, making for an enticing long weekend of cinema on the coast.

The growth of NIFF continues to consolidate Noosa’s cultural footprint, with this year’s festival set to be the biggest yet.

The program features seven themed short film sessions covering everything from women and film through to new Australian fables, as well as feature-length releases, industry workshops and in-conversation events.

Cinematographer John Seale – best known for Mad Max: Fury Road, The Talented Mr Ripley, Gorillas in the Mist and The English Patient – also returns.

“He’s our founding patron and is becoming a real favourite within our festival community,” says Holly Pittman, NIFF’s president. “We’re also excited to welcome one of the world’s leading film editors, Jill Bilcock and Australian film director, Heath Davis.”

For her not-to-miss highlights, Pittman points to the environmental short film session and Dancing the Invisible – a new documentary on Jill Bilcock followed by a Q&A with her.

Other highlights across the four days include the opening night screening and the NIFF Short Film Awards Show.

Opening Night: Book Week

Book Week is an Australian black comedy about a disgraced novelist seeking redemption as an English teacher, and the film will make its Queensland premiere at the festival following its national debut at Melbourne International Film Festival. Writer and director Heath Davis will be at the opening night party and a special Q&A session.


TERROR NULLIUS remixes iconic characters and imagery from Australian cinema in a convention-breaking film that treads the boundaries between political satire and road movie. It features footage from films including Mad Max: Fury Road, Babe and Picnic at Hanging Rock, and its screening will be followed by a conversation between cinematographer John Seale, director Heath Davis and GOMA’s Amanda Slack-Smith.

NIFF Short Film Awards Show

This awards show is where you’ll see the top selections of the short films showing at NIFF. The ceremony will be followed by an extended screening of the ten winning shorts and an opportunity to meet the creatives behind them.

Filmmakers Meet-Up

The Filmmakers Meet Up is a chance for the industry to come together, and for emerging filmmakers to connect with workshop presenters and industry veterans, with John Seale among those in attendance.

Image: Book Week (2018)


Noosa International Film Festival
25–28 October
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