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Canberra Special Events

Opening Night Event

Next Door

Direct from its world premiere at Berlinale, the directorial debut of actor Daniel Brühl, Next Door, will open the 2021 Festival. The opening night reception includes a glass of wine and German delicacies.

Palace Movie Club $38
General Admission $42

Special thanks to Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany in Australia.

Palace Electric Cinema
Wednesday 26 May
7:00pm arrivals for 7:30pm film

Special Event

Fabian: Going to the Dogs

Join us for a special screening of Fabian: Going to the Dogs. Preceded by an introduction, the film will screen in two parts with intermission. Refreshing and stimulating cocktails by Club-Mate will be served in the break.

Palace Movie Club $30
General Admission $35

Palace Electric Cinema
Wednesday 2 June
6:30pm Intro by Assoc. Prof Katie Sutton, Australian National University followed by film with 20 minute intermission

Young At Heart Event

Grandparenting 101

Presented by Feros Care

Join us for special screening with ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’: an afternoon with coffee and cake, a glass of sparkling wine and Feros Care popcorn before the screening of the delightful comedy Grandparenting 101.

Palace Golden Movie Club $20.50
Seniors $26.50
Adults $30.50

Palace Electric Cinema
Friday 28 May
5:00pm arrivals for 5:30pm film

Austrian Event

How I Taught Myself To Be a Child

The Austrian Embassy in Canberra hosts an event to celebrate Austrian Cinema. Join us for Austrian wine and refreshments before the screening of How I Taught Myself To Be a Child.

Palace Movie Club Members $30
General Admission $35

Austrian Embassy

Palace Electric Cinema
Thursday 10 June
7:00pm arrivals for 7:30pm film

Special Screening


Celebrating its 40th anniversary with a glorious 4K restoration, Fassbinder’s Lola follows a seductive cabaret singer in her outrageous quest to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale.
The following session of Lola will screen with introduction

General admission prices

Palace Electric Cinema
Monday 7 June
7:00pm Intro by Emeritus Prof Roger Hillman, Australian National University followed by film

Closing Night Event

Berlin Alexanderplatz

As it’s time to say auf Wiedersehen we celebrate the closing of the Festival with 4 Pines beer and pretzel in hand before the screening of the contemporary take on Alfred Döblin's Weimar-era novel Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Palace Movie Club $30
General Admission $35

Palace Electric Cinema
Sunday 13 June
7:00pm arrivals for 7:30pm film

Please note: there are no afterparties this year and all event sessions have been priced accordingly. All sessions will start at the advertised session time so please arrive early to visit the bar before you take your seat. Sessions are staggered and seating is capped according to the restrictions in each city and events sell out in advance so book early to avoid disappointment. If a session reaches capacity another staggered session may be added. Be sure to follow the REGISTER FOR UPDATES link on the left so you don’t miss out on news about extra event sessions, encore screenings and other festival news.