November 2023 (10th – 15th) will mark the 10th anniversary of this celebration of Australian and New Zealand movies.
We have been showcasing contemporary cinema and culture from Australia and New Zealand in the form of the Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest (and its accompanying events) for 10 years now. Each year we present premieres of contemporary feature films and documentaries, student and short films, as well as iconic and distinctive archival movies.
The events are organised by the AKFF z.s. collective which is made up of a group of volunteers who all love Aussie and Kiwi film and culture and who gladly give their spare time to producing the festival. The main part of the festival takes place at the Cinema Lucerna in Prague, but an important part of the festival is the accompanying program of school screenings, discussions with filmmakers, lectures, exhibitions, public talks, book launches, charity screenings, meet ups with expats, tastings and other events.
The Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest is made possible thanks to grant funding from the City of Prague, the Australian Embassy in Warsaw and the Embassy of New Zealand in Berlin. We mutually support and are supported by the Czech Australian New Zealand Association (CANZA) and since 2016, the Czech branch of Australasian Business in Europe – ABIE. This festival is a reciprocal showcase of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and the Czech and Slovak Film Festival in Sydney.
2014 – 2023 annual showcase of Aussie and Kiwi cinema at Lucerna and Ponrepo Cinemas in Prague
90 feature film screenings in Prague as well as in Brno, Olomouc, Pilsen and Bratislava
Special screenings of: The Dressmaker, Sweet Country, Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy, Babyteeth
Pop-up cinemas: at Rieger Park for the annual Australian and Kiwi Days (2021 & 2022) as well as on the wall of the Champagneria Bar in Prague’s Old Town
In 2020, the pandemic moved the festival online and into open air cinemas:
2020 Aussie & Kiwi Film Fest ONLINE (nine feature films were available on demand for 14 days through an online cinema platform)
2021 Aussie & Kiwi Film SUMMER 2021 – four films at the Kasárna Karlín and Cross Club summer cinemas + seven screenings at Lucerna, Ponrepo and Kino Pilotů + an open air New Zealand Day at Rieger Park
2022 Aussie & Kiwi Film SUMMER 22 – three premieres of feature films at Lucerna Cinema + short films + PRISMA at Bio OKO Cinema, a screening of student films by Prague City University graduates of Creative Media Production + open air Aussie and Kiwi Day at Rieger Park
Autumn 2022 – 9th year of the festival at Lucerna Cinema back in its traditional format, without any pandemic restrictions
Thank you for your support, we are truly grateful for it and without it, we would be able to function!
We are on the lookout for more partners.
Become a festival partner, support a stable annual cultural event and connect your brand with a unique showcase of cinema and culture from two very attractive countries. The movies as well as the accompanying non-film events are attended by a growing community of people interested in film, travel and culture along with English speaking expats living in Prague. Check out the festival’s Facebook and Instagram for photos and details about past years’ events that have captured the amazing atmosphere of AKFF events. You can also follow us on Twitter and sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page for the latest updates on our events.
We look forward to seeing you at the cinema in November 2023. See you there!
Festival highlights: 2014 – 2023
- 90 screenings of contemporary feature films and documentaries, archival films, student films and shorts
- screenings held across 10 cinemas in total
- 2014 – 2023 screening in Prague, Bratislava in 2015, and Brno, Olomouc and Plzeň in 2017
- 4 special screenings (The Dressmaker, Sweet Country, Westwind: Djalu´s Legacy, Babyteeth)
- accompanying events: discussions, workshops, degustations, concerts, exhibitions, drag show
- online festival in 2020 (9 films on demand for 14 days)
- Aussie & Kiwi Film SUMMER 21 – pop up cinema in Riegrovy sady and Champagneria Bar in Prague – 13 screenings at various venues around Prague
- Aussie and Kiwi Days in Riegrovy sady (Prague 2) – open air culture festival for public (2021, 2022) – partner of festival held by CANZA, ABIE, Prague 2
- Aussie & Kiwi Film SUMMER 22 at Cinema Lucerna
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