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. 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 both parties.
"One of the great privileges of directing movies is to finally have the opportunity to talk with audiences directly and the people in regional Australia seem pleased that the effort to share and communicate has been made. They feel included in the cultural agenda. That's a very good thing." - Peter Duncan, director Unfinished Sky.
The TFF creates a program specific to each festival. Films are chosen in consultation with the cinema and/or local film society. Where possible, films are selected from the previous Sydney Film Festival with an emphasis on diversity of style, mood and country of origin. The Festival generally screens over a full weekend, screening a total of nine features and perhaps a short film. It opens on a Friday night screening one film and hosting Opening Night function.
"Thanks! Great to have an opportunity to see these films - especially in a remote area." - a happy filmgoer from Cairns.
Read up on Travelling Film Festival's history in Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive. The Archive includes photos, stories, and essays from past Travelling Film Festival programmers.