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 14-25 September in 2017.

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.


Welcome to the 8th Darwin International Film Festival, the Northern Territory’s foremost celebration of screens arts and cinema.

It’s another historical year for DIFF as we introduce Darwin’s first full dome cinema and welcome our first-ever international guest, Mumbai-based actress Aahana Kumra.

Kumra is star of our Opening Night film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, a black comedy feature initially banned in India, it also marks the beginning of our ASIA
IN FOCUS program.

ASIA IN FOCUS is just one of a handful of themes of this year’s festival. Each theme has a special resonance for a Darwin festival of film, whether it’s giving local audiences unique access to the best new films the world has to offer or showcasing the best in cinema from our region.

INDIGENOUS VISIONS, for example, celebrates the Territory’s strong Indigenous cultural heritage. We are particularly honoured to include the NT premiere of the much anticipated documentary honouring the life of Dr. G Yunupingu.

DIFF would not be possible without the hard work of our team based at the Deckchair Cinema, and the ongoing support of the Darwin Film Society, Festivals NT and Screen Territory.

So, phones off everyone - it’s time for the show to begin.


Timothy Parish
Artistic Director, Darwin International Film Festival

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