2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival

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Get ready for a party, or two! The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) is delighted to announce the films that will open and close the 2011 Festival, two feature films that span the possibilities of original Australian storytelling.

The Vale Ale Gala Opening Night at the Festival Theatre will feature the World Premiere screening of Mrs Carey’s Concert, Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond’s documentary story about music making and coming of age at a Sydney girls’ school. Mrs Carey’s Concert is one of 14 projects that have received support through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF). Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond will be in attendance along with Karen Carey and some of her extraordinary students.

Guests in attendance will include the 10 News International Award For Best Feature Film jury; the HIVE Participants; Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund supported filmmakers; Stop The Gap artists and curators; Frederick Boyer, Delegate General from the Cannes Director’s Fortnight; Jane Schoettle, International Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival; Bill Gosden, Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival; American independent filmmaker, John Sayles and Maggie Renzi; and special effects legend, Douglas Trumball. Following the opening night screening guests will celebrate together at the legendary Gala party at the Queen’s Theatre (Dress Code: Frock up).

Following 10 days of dynamic screenings, special events, workshops and forums, with over 47,000 film lovers and filmmakers in attendance, the 2011 festival will be farewelled with the closing night presentation of Brendan Fletcher’s, Mad Bastards, a raw look at the journey to becoming a man in contemporary Aboriginal culture, hot on the heels of its Competition Screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Brendan Fletcher, actors Dean Daley-Jones and Greg Tait and producers and performers, The Pigram Brothers, Alan and Steven will all be in attendance.

Did we mention there’s another party? Plus the announcement of the winners of the Ten Evening News International Award For Best Feature Film, and F4 Award For Outstanding New Documentary Talent. The debate about films will be as hot as the hors d’oeuvres and the conversation as sparkling as the wine.

Full program revealed 28 January!

For more information on ticketing and session details visit: www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

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