Travelling Film Festival
The Travelling Film Festival (TFF), Australia’s longest-running travelling film festival, showcases Australian and international features, documentaries and short films in regional Australia. TFF currently tours to 18 locations annually, screening in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.


Founded by David Stratton in 1974, the TFF is committed to providing audiences in regional Australia with access to films they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see on the big screen. The TFF presents cinema in a festival environment and promotes a film experience that encourages debate, community involvement and interaction. In addition to screenings, the TFF presents regional Australia with the opportunity to meet film industry professionals through its film industry guest and workshop program, whenever possible. The TFF facilitates a direct and invaluable dialogue between regional audiences, local film practitioners and Australia’s wider film community, an opportunity enthusiastically embraced by all parties.

In 2020, The Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Cairns from 6—10 November 2020 at the Cairns Central Cinema. The program will showcase eight acclaimed feature films, two superb documentaries and four exceptional Australian short films, direct from this year’s Sydney Film Festival and other major international festivals.

Headlining the programme is The Perfect Candidate, directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda SFF 2012), an entertaining and revealing look at the changing role of women in Saudi Arabia.

Other stories from around the globe include: A Son, winner at the Venice Film Festival, set in the warm Tunisian countryside, that showcases the fierce love of a parent within a complex political environment; the Finnish-Chinese comedy, Master Cheng, by director Mika Kaurismäki, a delightful tale of cultural acceptance and culinary escape; Poland’s Oscar nominee for Best International Film Corpus Christi; one of the most heart-warming spy movies of all time according to Indiewire, the Sundance Film Festival selected documentary, The Mole Agent; plus award-winning French film, Only the Animals, by director Dominik Moll, a must-watch engrossing, mystery thriller.

Also included in the program is Paper Champions, an uplifting Australian comedy from screenwriter-producer-actor, Luka Saliba, who was inspired by New Zealand’s comedy genius Taika Waititi; Toronto International Film Festival gem and multiple award-winner, Kuessipan; Cambodian-British filmmaker Hong Khaou’s moving drama, Monsoon, set in Vietnam; and White Riot, an award winning, music-filled, documentary that tracks the birth of an inspirational 70s movement, Rock Against Racism.

This year we are also proud to present the Screenability initiative, showcasing provocative cinema by filmmakers with disability - don’t miss Diving In, Safety Net and Groundhog Night; as well as Sydney Film Festival’s 2020 animation finalist Obscura, an imaginative stop-motion that explores life behind the lens.

Tickets to TFF Cairns are now on sale. With the Full Subscription patrons can watch the whole program and save 30%. Capacity is strictly limited.

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