• Mardi Savill and Kim Hall

    Mardi Savill and Kim Hall

  • Rob Thorman and Alex Sloan

    Rob Thorman and Alex Sloan

  • Russell Ingram, Sue Crawford, Stacy Curtis and Mike Lynskey

    Russell Ingram, Sue Crawford, Stacy Curtis and Mike Lynskey

  • Travis Cragg, Kathy Griffiths, Colin Byrnes and Alice Bedlington

    Travis Cragg, Kathy Griffiths, Colin Byrnes and Alice Bedlington

  • Reid Bedlington and Darcy Bedlington

    Reid Bedlington and Darcy Bedlington

  • Stella and Shaun Creighton and Susan Henderson

    Stella and Shaun Creighton and Susan Henderson

  • Happy Feet.....

    Happy Feet.....

  • John Guppy and Alan Faulkes

    John Guppy and Alan Faulkes

  • Stephen Olah, Alan Faulkes and Ben van Balen

    Stephen Olah, Alan Faulkes and Ben van Balen

  • Matthew Robinson and Kersten Cameron

    Matthew Robinson and Kersten Cameron

  • Jain Moralee, Lex Lindsay and Avra Cybele

    Jain Moralee, Lex Lindsay and Avra Cybele

  • Linda De Silva and Matthew Barnard

    Linda De Silva and Matthew Barnard

  • Sarah Ryan and Graham O'Loghlin

    Sarah Ryan and Graham O'Loghlin

  • Wes and Mim Forrest

    Wes and Mim Forrest

Canberra International Film Festival Finale

9 November 2014

The Canberra International Film Festival is over for 2014. The Dendy Cinemas have returned to a familiar pace, the volunteers have folded their distinctive CIFF shirts and the marathoners of the movies have put away the eye drops and come back into the light to prepare for next year’s CIFF with enthusiasm.

It went out with a movie about love, relationships and family that languidly covered a story to break your heart but endorse your belief in the power of love as the pairing of John Lithgow (Ben) and Alfred Molina( George) in Love is Strange went from happiness with marriage after 39 years together to despair when George loses his job, their apartment has to be sold and each has to bunk in with friends, separately. All played beautifully to the exquisite Chopin score. It is about commitment and caring, love and loss, family and friends and was a beautiful end to a longer than usual CIFF with an eclectic mix of choices.

The after party was to celebrate the festival’s success and congratulate Alice Bedlington with 44 movies under her belt - what is she going to do with all her spare time now - and a very relieved Artistic Director Lex Lindsay and the CIFF team who’ve kept Canberrans in a unique loop of film excellence with a festival to be proud of.