AFC News November 2007
The Australian Embassy in Ottawa has continued to showcase Australian films in Canada in the smaller cities of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta in August 2007. The Embassy Roadshow received positive media attention, highlighting the maturity and diversity of the Australian film industry. Nine films screened in each city to a total of 455 people.
The Manilla ER event went well with the actor, Chris Haywood attending as a spokesperson at the festival.
Five films from the Embassy Roadshow Spanish subtitled collection screened at Santiago.
The Warsaw Post supported the special focus on Australian Cinematography at the Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw in July. 35 Australian feature films, including 7 Embassy Roadshow titles, screened to over 12,000 people, mainly to university students from Poland and neighbouring countries. .
Buenos Aires held their Embassy Roadshow with 8 features and 8 shorts screening to a total of 1,582 people showing the diverse styles of Australian Film. Lantana and Harvie Krumpet attracted the largest attendance in this 6 day event. The event captured extensive media coverage which was aided by the presence of the Director of the AFI, James Hewison.
The Embassy in Hong Kong organised a 10 day Australian Film Festival. All titles were from the Embassy Roadshow collection with the exception of Kenny (a distributor print). Kenny was the most post popular film with Storm Boy the second most attended film. The films were subtitled to ensure organisers reached the targeted audience. An opening reception was held prior to the screening of Kenny, while the Royal Australian Navy band provided entertainment at this event.
In November, the Embassy Roadshow travels to Moscow and Budapest, The Arabic collection will travel to Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. Two films from the Arabic Collection, The Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence go to the Cairo International Film Festival.
The Embassy Roadshow is a travelling film festival program presented through Australian embassies overseas, showcasing a selection of contemporary Australian films to people around the world. It is an Initiative of the Australian International Cultural Council, and managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the AFC.