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Australian film continues on its upward trend, both at home and internationally. Less than a decade ago the industry reached its nadir with less than 1% of the local box-office.

2010 proved to be a successful year. This is, in part, attributed to the broad shift in vision and change of attitude by filmmakers, away from intense family dramas and towards audience-geared, genre-based films.

The program of this year's festival reflects this change, covering a broad range of subjects that provide not only a snapshot of life in Australia, but also presents diverse Australian stories.

From the comedy-horror of The Loved Ones to the delightfully funny Jucy, from the deeply moving Lou to the absorbing Saved, from the quirkiness of Griff the Invisible to the dramatic Beneath Hill 60, the stories are fresh and engaging, reflecting a new confidence by Australian filmmakers.

Our opening family-friendly film, Red Dog, received an extended standing ovation at its world premiere at the Berlinale. An adaptation of the Louis de Bernieres novel, it's the charming story of an Australian cattle dog (kelpie) roaming the vast open landscapes of the Pilbarra in northwestern Australia and the impact he makes on the residents of the isolated mining communities.

We're privileged to welcome the producer Nelson Woss as a guest of the festival and to screen Red Dog in advance of its commercial release.

Documentaries and short films play an important part of local culture: a number are included in this year's program.

Chosen to open the Adelaide Film Festival, Mrs Carey's Concert is about music making, talent and courage. Not Quite Hollywood is about a very different talent – that of 'Ozploitation' movies of the 1970s. Contact tells the extraordinary story of a group of aboriginal women and children first encountering the outside world as recently as 1964.

Short films will precede screenings, highlighting the creative talent of emerging filmmakers of the future.

Welcome to the eighth AICE Australian Film Festival, a festival of stories diverse in their telling and emotions, a festival of films broad in their outlook and appeal.

We look forward to seeing you at the many screenings.

Keith Lawrence
Artistic Director

Dates & Locations:
26 Jun – 2 Jul 2011 - excluding Shabbat

27 Jun - 3 Jul 2011

Tel Aviv
4 Jul - 9 Jul 2011

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