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Hotel Mumbai wins Best Film at 2018 Adelaide Film Festival

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Best Doc: She Who Must Be Loved & Best Short: The Art of the Game

Three Adelaide Film Festival FUND projects have picked up top prize in the Rising Sun Pictures Audience Awards at the 2018 ADL Film Fest. Last chance sessions #YOUMUSTSEE continue today and tomorrow!


Best Film, 2018 ADL Film Fest: Hotel Mumbai

Hotel Mumbai tells the astonishing story of those trapped in the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the 2008 attacks. Stars Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey walked the red carpet at the Australian Premiere on opening night in Adelaide alongside South Australian director/co-writer Anthony Maras and producer Julie Ryan, with co-writer John Collee and producer Joe Thomas.


Funding Partners: Hotel Mumbai is presented by Screen Australia and Xeitgeist Entertainment Group, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, Arclight Films, ADL Film Fest FUND, Double Guess Productions and ScreenWest. Icon Film Distribution the Australian Distributor.


Best Documentary, 2018 ADL Film Fest: She Who Must Be Loved

Directed by her daughter Erica Glynn, She Who Must Be Loved is the epic life story of the remarkable Freda Glynn, 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV, mother of Erica and Warwick Thornton, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist and grumpy old woman. The film also details what drove Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to stake a claim to Australia’s media landscape.

Funding Partners: Screen Australia, NITV, ADL Film Fest FUND


Best Short, 2018 ADL Film Fest: The Art of the Game

This hybrid documentary follows two of Australia’s most innovative photographers – Trent Parke and Narelle Autio – as they bring together the worlds of art and sport (cricket) in their first ever moving-image work Summation of Force (ADL FF 2017), posing the question: can sport really be considered art? Directed by Matthew Bate in collaboration with Parke & Autio, produced by Katrina Lucas.

Funding Partners: Screen Australia, ABC Arts, South Australian Film Corporation and ADL Film Fest FUND


The Rising Sun Pictures Audience Awards announced today join ADL Film Fest’s previously announced juried Competition awards:

  • Kamila Andini’s magical Bali-set feature fiction film The Seen and Unseen, awarded the winner of the 2018 ADL Film Fest International Feature Fiction Competition sponsored by University of South Australia School of Creative Industries, with a cash prize of $20 000;
  • Feature documentary from Christmas Island, Island of Hungry Ghosts awarded the Flinders University Feature Documentary Competition, with a cash prize of $10 000;
  • Australian real time interactive VR The Unknown Patient won top prize in the 2018 ADL FF AFTRS Virtual Reality Competition.


LAST CHANCE #YOUMUSTSEE sessions with the festival extended by popular demand: tickets on sale now at or at the Box Office, GU Filmhouse, 128 Hindley St Adelaide.

Tuesday 23rd – 6pm World Shorts Package

Tuesday 23rd – 8pm Free Solo

Wednesday 24th – 6pm Beautiful Boy

Wednesday 24th – 8.10pm ROMA


Until Nov 30: The ADL FF, together with Samstag Museum of Art, is proud to present the world premiere of The Waiting Room, a newly commissioned Adelaide Film Fest FUND work by internationally celebrated filmmakers Molly Reynolds (Another Country) and Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes).


Until Nov 30:  Samstag Museum of Art, the ADL FF presents Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, a landmark photographic exhibition exploring striking portraiture from 100 years of Australian cinema. Developed by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. See behind the scenes through the lens of renowned Australian photographers, among them Rennie Ellis, Max Dupain and SA’s Robert McFarlane (recipient of the 2017 Bettison James Award), Matt Nettheim and Lisa Tomasetti.

Now showing, until Fri 30 Nov at Samstag Museum of Art



‘The Adelaide Film Festival is both nest and provocation, as probably the most daring source of government money in the Australia screen landscape.’ Screenhub 2018


The ADL Film Fest has secured a reputation around the globe as an essential screen culture event and was named in Variety Film magazine’s 50 Unmissable Film Festivals list. With a distinctively curated program of Australian and international screen culture, special events, awards and forums, the festival continues to be regarded as a premier destination for new and exciting screen projects. Each edition of the ADL Film Fest has three prestigious juried awards: Best International Feature Film, Flinders University International Feature Documentary Award, the AFTRS International Virtual Reality Award and the Audience Awards.


The ADL Film Fest takes place immediately after the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, signifying the beginning of the awards season. Australian screen industry icons Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are patrons of the festival.




The ADL Film Fest Fund, now in its ninth successful round, was the first of its kind in Australia and remains one of the few in the world. The 86 projects to date have won major awards at all of the world’s leading film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance) as well as an Emmy, and four features have been Australia’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The cutting edge initiative is open to multiple formats including feature fiction, feature documentary, shorts, TV series as well as augmented and virtual reality.


ADL Film Fest Fund features include Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country and Samson & Delilah, Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country and Ten Canoes, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays and Rosemary Myer’s Girl AsleepSnowtown, Tracks, Mrs Carey’s Concert and Look Both Ways. VR works include Lynette Wallworth’s Emmy Award winning Collisions and Trent Parke, Narelle Autio and Matthew Bate’s The Summation of Force.


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