Australian Film Festivals

Audience, Place, and Exhibition Culture

  • Kirsten Stevens

Part of the Framing Film Festivals book series (FFF)

About this book


This is the first book to offer an in-depth examination of the history, operation, and growth of film festivals as a cultural phenomenon within Australia. Tracing the birth of film festivals in Australia in the 1950s through to their present abundance, it asks why film festivals have prospered as audience-driven spectacles throughout Australia, while never developing the same industry and market foci of their international fellows. Drawing on over sixty-years of archival records, festival commentary, interviews with festival insiders and ephemera, this book opens up a largely uncharted history of film culture activity in Australia. 


film festivals Australian cinema history film culture exhibition film audiences film and television studies media studies urban studies arts culture film film and television film history individual media perception social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Kirsten Stevens
    • 1
  1. 1.Monash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

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