Antarctic Film Festival


The Antarctic Film Festival brings you so close to Antarctica that you’ll feel the shiver!  Enjoy stunning photography, fascinating science and the personal dramas that unfold in the coldest, driest, highest and most remote environment on the planet.  Whether you have experienced it yourself or it’s on your bucket list, Antarctica never fails to stir the soul.  Through the medium of film, we’ll take you to flying, kayaking and even diving under the ice in this awe-inspiring, frozen wilderness teeming with life. Enjoy the luxurious comfort of Tasmania’s premier cinema, with excellent facilities and a great cafe and bookshop.  Don’t miss the young person’s program on Saturday 10 September.

Click here for the full program.

Thursday, September 8th – 6pm – Antarctic Film Festival Launch

Ken Fowler / NZ / 1964 / 17 min


The Penguin Counters Poster SBIFF - Version 2

THE PENGUIN COUNTERS (your ticket includes reception afterwards)

Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels / USA / 2014 / 1 hr 7 min

Tackling climate change, one penguin at a time…

Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations may hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Famed as a place that ‘wants you dead,’ his ragtag team of field-biologists embark on a journey to some of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health on penguin populations – one nest at a time. But penguins aren’t the only stars. During the fifteen-day voyage to the rookeries, Ron discovers that the ashes of Ernest Shackleton’s best friend and colleague – Frank Wild – are on board his ship, along with descendants of both the Wilds and Shackletons.

Join us for a drink after the film (7:30 to 8:30 pm)

Tickets to the screening and launch are $25.00 and you can book directly with the State Cinema.