Welcome to DIFF

Taking place in the last month of Darwin’s heavenly dry season, the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF) is an annual program of films and special events over 12 luscious Top End nights, from 13-23 September in 2018.

Now in its eighth year, DIFF has established itself as a major event in Darwin’s cultural calendar with almost 40 films from around the globe, not forgetting to serve up a hearty sample of some the best films our own region has to offer.

Along with its exciting program of feature films at Darwin’s iconic cinema under the stars, Deckchair Cinema, DIFF 2017 will encompass many screenings and special events happening all over the city, including a full dome cinema at Darwin Waterfront.

The Darwin International Film Festival is a project of the Darwin Film Society. This year’s program would not be possible without funding from Festivals NT and Screen Territory, and the assistance of all our valued partners.

lauren moss

Since 2015, the Northern Territory Government has proudly partnered with the Darwin Film Society to deliver the Darwin International Film Festival.

We are pleased to partner with DIFF again in 2017. As well as showcasing our vibrant screen industry, DIFF delights visitors to our tropical Top End, supporting our tourism industry and local businesses.

This year’s program includes the extraordinary Cinema 360, which will bring an immersive, full-dome planetarium cinema to the Darwin Waterfront Precinct and will give festival goers a new film experience.

I congratulate the whole DIFF team for their tireless work in preparation for this year’s festival. The contribution from staff and volunteers is invaluable to DIFF’s ongoing success.

I encourage Territorians and visitors to experience DIFF and I look forward to seeing you all at a movie soon.

Lauren Moss
Minister for Tourism and Culture


Along with the iconic Deckchair Cinema and wet season movie program Flix in the Wet, Darwin Film Society is founder and operator of the annual Darwin International Film Festival. And what a festival!

DFS is investing in DIFF more than ever this year, specifically in enabling the SPARK Short Film Initiative to get off the ground.

SPARK aside, we have an incredibly exciting program on offer this year, the result of significant growth facilitated by 3 years of committed funding from the NT Government.

In fact, a big thanks to all our partners, without whose assistance it’d be a very different DIFF. Enjoy!

Jeff Coulter
Darwin Film Society Chair