Welcome to the 9th Darwin International Film Festival

Darwin Film Society are excited to bring you this year’s Darwin International Film Festival. Along with the iconic Deckchair Cinema and wet season movie program Flix in the Wet, we have operated the annual Darwin International Film Festival since introducing it in 2010.
Now, on the cusp of its first decade, DIFF is well on its way to becoming a film festival utterly unique to Australia’s tropical north.
This year we have been more conscious than ever of making the festival something that rings true for our community and extended community of nearest neighbours. With DIFF we aim to seek out and showcase the diversity of talent on our doorstep while simultaneously celebrating our unbeatable outdoor evening culture, the kind of which you can only enjoy in the tropics. As such, 80% of our program consists of films from the Australasia region, with 70% of film screenings and events occurring under the stars.
The program combines three primary strands in a broader tapestry including vibrant live performances, insightful Q&As, and fun late night events. New Territory refers to the NT film industry, Neighbour Asia includes
diverse array of new releases from our closest continent with a focus on Southeast Asia, and Festival Faves ensures DIFF continues to include some of the most talked-about new films on the international scene.
We here at Darwin Film Society are very proud about this year’s DIFF and look forward to sharing it with you. So come down and join us as we kick back with a cold beverage to a great flick – see you there!

JEFF COULTER
Chair, Darwin Film Society
The NT Government has been a proud sponsor of the Darwin International Film Festival since its inception in 2010 when just a handful of films were shown. This year, the NT Government is investing $85,000 into the Festival.
The Darwin International Film Festival has been a huge success and this year’s program includes exciting international films making waves at major festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
As well as showcasing our vibrant screen industry, the Festival delights visitors to our tropical Top End, supporting our tourism industry and local businesses.
I congratulate the whole Festival team for their tireless work creating this rich and varied program. The contribution from staff and volunteers is invaluable to its ongoing success.
I encourage Territorians and visitors to experience the 2018 Darwin International Film Festival and sit back and enjoy the next 11 days when the world comes to you to share its rich stories via the screen.
I look forward to seeing you all at a movie soon.

LAUREN MOSS
Minister for Tourism and Culture
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