Three Film Festivals to Visit This Summer

With summer approaching quickly, most of us already have our usual plans made for the season: drink, lay at the beach, and go out partying. Although, it is nice to spice things up. We’ve listed three awesome film festivals to visit this summer to feel cultured AF.


Winda Film Festival

“From epic survival thrillers to inspiring true stories and innovative shorts, the Sydney-based WINDA Film Festival returns for its fourth year from 21-24 November 2019 to celebrate Indigenous filmmakers and share the universal stories of Indigenous nations. The festival will screen six feature films, five documentaries, an Australian TV series and a jam-packed line-up of stellar shorts from 16 countries across the globe,” described Original Spin. 


Date:   Thursday 21 November – Sunday 24 November, 2019


Event Cinemas George Street, 505/525 George Street, Sydney

VR: UTS Building 1, Foyer at Library Pod

Barangaroo Reserve, Towns Place, Barangaroo

For more info + tickets, visit the website.


Persian Film Festival

Persian Film Festival presents over 30 sessions in two venues at Leichhardt and Central.  Through film screenings, forums, masterclasses and special events, the festival highlights the richness of the contemporary films by Persian-speaking filmmakers around the globe.

It’s amazing to see just how many films made from all over the world are coming to Sydney. What’s really cool as well is that these films aren’t dubbed in English—they’re in their original form. I was at the Russian film festival just two weeks ago, and I honestly don’t know much about Russian culture. Watching the full-length feature on opening night, I was so engaged with their way of story-telling and their unique types of humour. It was incredible. 


Date:  Monday 4 December – Friday 8 December, 2019


Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichardt, Sydney

Palace Central, 28 Broadway, Chippendale, Sydney

Palace Chauvel, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney

For more info + tickets, visit the website.


Moonlight Cinema

“Moonlight Cinema is the ultimate summer experience under the stars in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. The December/January program is jam-packed with acclaimed summer blockbusters, cosy Christmas flicks, fan favourites, fierce female leads and an array of hotly anticipated family-friendly films,” stated Original Spin.

The huge program includes screenings of top picks for Awards season; Joker, Ford v Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Bombshell, Christmas flicks; Last Christmas, Love Actually, Elf, Fan favourites; Dirty Dancing, A Star Is Born, The Matrix, Bring It On, Family-friendly films; Frozen 2, Jumanji: The Next Level, The Addams Family and fierce female led comedies; Charlie’s Angels and Hustlers.

“As a BYO* event, Moonlight gives you the freedom to create your perfect outdoor cinema experience. Prepare a picnic of charcuterie or feast on your favourite sweets.”


WHERE & WHEN:             

Adelaide: Botanic Park, Dec 13 –16 Feb

Brisbane: Roma Street Parkland, Dec 14 – 29 Mar 

Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Nov 28 – 29 Mar

Perth: Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Nov 30 – 29 Mar

Sydney: Centennial Park, Nov 28 – 29 Mar

*BYO alcohol is not permitted at Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema.

For more info + tickets, visit the website.

Will you be at any of these exciting festivals? Let us know in the comments below!