Mat Kesting is a film curator, exhibition and event specialist having worked in the sector for over 20 years and is CEO/ Creative Director of Adelaide Film Festival (AFF), an organisation he has held a long love for. The most recent edition of AFF was in October 2020 and the next will be presented in October 2022. Mat was previously the Exhibition Manager at Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema where he oversaw all curated and theatrical screen programs including the Adelaide Cinémathèque, Silent ReMasters, the Australian International Documentary Conference’s Doc Week, Seniors on Screen and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival film program among others. Previously he was Program Manager at the Brisbane International Film Festival. He has sat on various competition juries and program advisories and had formerly worked across various festivals, events and screen organisations in Melbourne and the UK. Mat holds degrees in Media and Cinema Studies and Environmental Science.


Format: Features, Documentary, Childrens, Animation

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) seeks to support projects with creative, cultural and economic benefits to South Australia.

Creative:  Projects must display bold and innovative storytelling, a striking use of screen language and a strong creative team.

Cultural: Projects must demonstrate the short and long term benefits for the South Australian film industry and broader community, e.g. creative and development opportunities for individuals and organisations, branding opportunities, partnerships with national and international organisations and events, and the ability of the project to raise the profile of South Australia.

Economic: Projects must demonstrate measurable economic development outcomes for South Australia, such as direct and indirect expenditure in South Australia, employment of local cast, crew and businesses, and the potential for direct financial return from the equity investment.

There are no deadlines for the AFFIF, although we anticipate that most feature projects are locked approximately 12 months out from their premiere at the Festival.

WE are not looking for projects that fall outside of our guidelines…

Projects must:

-Be an Australian feature film/creative documentary with theatrical and/or broadcast potential to have its World Premiere at the next Adelaide Film Festival
-Provide a fully developed finance plan which along with the creative component of the project will form the basis of the recommendation to the Board
-Demonstrate an advanced stage of financing through recognised market attachments, with financing to be completed for delivery to

Projects will be given preference if they:

-Demonstrate a net economic benefit to South Australia
-Are produced and/ or post-produced in South Australia
-Use South Australian crew, cast and facilities where possible and appropriate.