Welcome to Diff

Welcome to DIFF

Taking place in the last month of Darwin’s heavenly dry season, the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF) is an annual program of films and special events over 11 luscious Top End nights, from 15-25 September in 2016.

Now in its seventh year, DIFF has established itself as a major event in Darwin’s cultural calendar, with 2016 marking the first year the festival has appointed a director. Darwin filmmaker Tim Parish has focused on the creative evolution of this event which has grown into an ambitious program.

Along with its exciting program of feature films at Darwin’s iconic cinema under the stars, Deckchair Cinema, DIFF 2016 will encompass many special events happening all over the city, including a Virtual Reality Cinema, mesmerising outdoor projections, the inaugural Capricornia Film Awards and much, much more.

The Darwin International Film Festival is a project of the Darwin Film Society. This year’s program would not be possible without funding from Festivals NT and Screen Territory, and the assistance of all our valued partners.


The Darwin International Film Festival is a celebration of cinema in all its many forms.

Growing in size since last year, the festival embraces a full program of world class feature films, documentaries and animations at the magical Deckchair Cinema.  We also have satellite events across Darwin including workshops, projection art and a virtual reality cinema. This year’s festival strives to connect more deeply with the vibrant Territory film industry and will culminate in the inaugural Capricornia Film Awards, celebrating homegrown excellence and fostering more collaboration. I’m proud to share this incredible collection of films which address many important issues we are facing, both locally and globally. At its best - cinema is a medium for peace, that can increase our understanding of other cultures, expand our minds, connect with our hearts, open up dialogues, and create windows into other worlds.
Let’s go there.

Timothy Parish
Director, Darwin International Film Festival


The NT Government through FestivalsNT and Screen Territory is proud to support the Darwin International Film Festival through annual funding of $70,000.  The Darwin International Film Festival is an important event on the FestivalsNT calendar, providing Territorians and visitors with a curated program of local, interstate and international films. The Festival also provides encouragement and opportunities for Territorians through workshops and forums to advance film making skills. The Capricornia Film Awards promote and highlight local talent, providing inspiration and encouragement for budding artists in the film arena. Presented at the iconic Deckchair Cinema, enjoy the 2016 Darwin International Film Festival.

Andrew Hopper
General Manager, NT Major Events Company/FestivalsNT


Darwin Film Society (DFS) is very excited to bring you DIFF 2016. It’s been a huge year for the DFS. Not only do we now boast a record-breaking membership base of over 1000, we’ve also invested in significant upgrades to Deckchair Cinema, including a beautiful brand new harbourside Dining Deck. DIFF 2016 is no small feat either, with the support of our valued partners Screen Territory and Festivals NT, it’s the first year DFS has been able to contract a Festival Director, and Tim Parish has done a great job in making DIFF bigger and better than ever. Enjoy the festival!

Jeff Coulter
Darwin Film Society Chair