Spain will host a major retrospective of contemporary Australian cinema from October 18 - 26 at the 41st Valladolid International Film Festival.
FOCUS ON AUSTRALIAN CINEMA, which is being presented by the Australian Film Commission in association with the Festival, will then screen at the prestigious Filmoteca in Madrid.
FOCUS ON AUSTRALIAN CINEMA comprises 20 major feature films showcasing the past 20 years of Australian cinema. Films by internationally renowned directors including Peter Weir, George Miller, Fred Schepisi and Jane Campion will be presented; as well as works from directors less known in Spain such as John Hillcoat (Ghosts...Of The Civil DeadAngel Baby ), Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby ) and Nadia Tass (Malcolm ).
A selection of short films has been programmed with the features, including Emma Kate Croghan's Sexy Girls, Sexy Appliances and Tracey Moffat's Night Cries - A Rural Tragedy.
In addition to the retrospective, several Australian films will screen in the Festival. Love Serenade,/I> (Shirley Barrett ) and The Quiet Room (Rolf de Heer ) have been selected to screen in competition in the Festival's Official Section, and there will be a special, non-competitive screening of Shine (Scott Hicks ).
From Sand To Celluloid, the package of six short films produced by the Australian Film Commission's Indigenous Drama Initiative, has been selected to screen in the Festival's Punto de Encuentro (Meeting Point ) section.