Presented by Australia Independent Film Festival

Join filmmakers and film lovers for one of Queensland’s biggest annual celebrations of independent cinema.

Brisbane’s very own Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) returns to Metro Arts West End bigger and better this October. 

Known internationally, AIFF showcases the very best Australian and international short films, documentaries, animations, experimental films and more, from Brisbane, Australia, and across the world.

AIFF gives filmmakers and film lovers a chance to watch amazing films that you won’t see anywhere else, mingle with like-minded individuals, and enjoy networking opportunities.

“Put this festival in your top 10” – Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER | Opening Night – Around the World 1
Session 1 | Screening 7 – 9pm

AIFF 2021 begins with a bang. Join the opening night celebrations as we start our film journey in Queensland, travel around the world with some of the best international shorts, and finish here at home again. The bar will be stocked, so grab a drink, sit back and enjoy traversing the globe with a stellar night of films.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Keeping it Real (Documentaries)
Session 2 | Screening 1 – 3pm.

Documentary lovers – this session is for you. Join us for an afternoon dedicated to some amazing true stories sourced from all corners of the World, as well as a few from our own backyard. From Tibetan Opera to saving our favorite Aussie animals, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see some unique stories on screen.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Around the World 2
Session 3 | Screening 4 – 6pm 

It’s time to travel the world again with AIFF21’s last session of international shorts. A mix of styles and genres takes you from the US all the way to China, with a few stopovers on the way.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Home Grown – Australian Shorts and Award Ceremony
Session 4 | Screening & Awards 7 – 9:30pm 

The night of nights. Last but definitely not least, AIFF20 presents some of the very best shorts from Brisbane, Queensland and across this great land. With a session full of thought provoking stories, we’re finishing on a high. Straight after the screening, we’ll celebrate the best of the best with our awards ceremony before heading to The Boundary Hotel to send off AIFF21 in style.

View the full screening program www.ausindefest.com/programme


Fri 1 – Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Session 1: 7pm, 1 October 2021
Session 2: 1pm, 2 October 2021
Session 3: 4pm, 2 October 2021
Session 4: 7pm, 2 October 2021

View the full screening program:


General Admission $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


This event is recommended 15+. Some films contain coarse language, implied drug usage, nudity and mild violence. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the screening. 

This event is supported by Screen Queensland through the Screen Culture Funding Program.


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.