COVID-19 Statement

This year, DIFF will be DIFFerent.

The Darwin International Film Festival will return in 2020, but it will be different.

The Northern Territory’s incredible response to COVID-19 means that we’re now able to gather a little more freely. This presents us with an opportunity to bring you a very special edition of DIFF this September at Deckchair Cinema.

From the 18th to the 27th of September, we present DIFF 2020: Take One; a bespoke program curated from the last decade of DIFF. This program will be an exciting mix of re-discovered cinematic gems, featuring both international and local films, and some special local surprises.

As the dry season returns in May next year, DIFF will be back in all its glory! For DIFF 2020: Take Two we present a full curated program of outstanding and award-winning films from around the world, as well as the Capricornia Film Awards, the NT Screen Summit and the Darwin Underground Film Festival.

“It is incredibly important to us that we present a re-imagined form of DIFF this year, for both audiences and the filmmaking community,” said DIFF Festival Director Blandine Ruffo.

“In these times of lockdown and isolation it’s more important than ever that we have events like DIFF, where we can come together to discover, discuss and explore the world around us through the medium of film. It gives us a break from the news, social media and hand held devices; a moment where we can collectively escape and be entertained, to try to make sense of the world when the world seems to make no sense at all,” she said.

The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss said the Northern Territory Government is pleased once again to support the festival.

“The Darwin International Film Festival is an iconic Darwin event and I congratulate Blandine and the team on their innovative special edition of DIFF this September, showcasing some of the Festival’s best films from the past decade,” she said.

“The festival shines a light on the extraordinary talent of both emerging and experienced filmmakers in the Northern Territory, and I look forward to attending DIFF 2020: Take Two in May next year at the Deckchair Cinema,” Minister Moss said.

The program for DIFF 2020: Take One will be announced and go on sale on Thursday 20 August, 2020.


DIFF 2020: Take One
Deckchair Cinema
18-27 September 2020
Local surprises and highlights from a decade of DIFF

DIFF 2020: Take Two
Deckchair Cinema and various venues
May 2021 (date to be announced)
Curated films from the very best of international cinema, Capricornia Film Awards, Spark Film Initiative, NT Screen Summit, DUFF.

Matt Fraser
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