Strand Galas

Red carpet galas from our themed strands: Cult, Dare, Thrill, Debate, Love, Laugh, Family, Journey, Create, and Treasures.

  • Festival Gala


    Dir Pablo Larraín | Chile

    Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s (Jackie, No) Ema features a superb Gael García Bernal and a spellbinding lead performance from newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo.

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  • Family Gala


    Dir Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman | USA-China

    The latest animated tale from Dreamworks is a fun, fast-paced action adventure about a little girl and her yeti companion in a race-against-time trip from China to the Himalayas.

    Read more about Abominable

  • Thrill Gala


    Dir-Scr Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles | Brazil-France

    This brazen Brazilian weird western snatched the Cannes Jury Prize and is coming for your mind next!

    Read more about Bacurau

  • Laugh Gala

    The Dude in Me

    Dir Hyo-jin Kang | South Korea

    A ballsy gangster accidentally possesses a timid schoolboy in this sassy body-swap comedy from South Korea.

    Read more about The Dude in Me

  • Dare Gala

    Judy & Punch

    Dir-Scr Mirrah Foulkes | Australia

    Writer/Director Mirrah Foulkes delivers an audaciously brilliant first feature, with Mia Wasikowska splendid in this fairy tale with a feminist twist.

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  • Cult Gala

    The Lighthouse

    Dir Robert Eggers | USA

    Robert Eggers, the Sutherland Award-winning director of The Witch, returns to terrorise the LFF with his masterful maritime shocker.

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  • Debate Gala

    Official Secrets

    Dir Gavin Hood | UK-USA

    Gavin Hood follows up Eye in the Sky with a sharp political thriller about a key moment in the history of the Iraq conflict.

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  • Love Gala

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Dir-Scr Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson | USA

    The spirit of Mark Twain lives on in this effortlessly charming buddy movie about a young man in pursuit of his dreams.

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  • Journey Gala

    The Two Popes

    Dir Fernando Meirelles | Italy-Argentina

    Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce tussle over the future of the Catholic Church in this thrillingly cinematic two-hander from Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener).

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  • Create Gala

    Western Stars

    Dir Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen | USA

    Bruce Springsteen performs the entirety of his latest release, Western Stars, in this captivating hybrid of concert documentary and memoir.

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