Welcome to the sixth Stronger Than Fiction documentary film festival! We are thrilled that our new partnership with Dendy Cinemas has allowed us to reach a larger audience with the year’s best international documentary features.

Our Opening Night film is the indescribably beautiful Honeyland, which follows a wild beekeeper in remote North Macedonia as she struggles to save her bees. Strong women continue as a theme throughout the festival, from tenacious human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel in Advocate to fiery photojournalist Letizia Battaglia in Shooting The Mafia.

Humanity’s interaction with the environment is another pressing theme, from the Sea Shepherd’s desperate race to save vaquita porpoises in eco-thriller Sea of Shadows, to the inspiring story of The Biggest Little Farm and the staggering visual journey of Anthropocene, by the award-winning makers of Watermark.


This year, we have films from every continent except Antarctica, and a diverse spread of filmmakers from veteran trailblazers like Kim Longinotto to first-time directors like Midnight Family’s Luke Lorentzen and Honeyland’s Tamara Kotevska, only 25 years old and already stunning international festival audiences with her fresh talent.

We look forward to seeing you in the Premium Lounge to talk about the films you enjoyed most!

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All tickets can be purchased at the Dendy Box Office,  online at www.dendy.com.au or by phoning (02) 6221 8900

Single Tickets

  • Adult - $19.50 standard or $15.00 Club Dendy

  • Concession - $16.00 standard or $9.00 Club Dendy

  • Senior - $13.50 standard or $9.00 Club Dendy

  • Club Student - $12.00

Opening & Closing Night Events

Opening Night - All Tickets $45.00 or $40.00 with Club Dendy

Join us post film for an Opening Night celebration in the foyer with a delicious spread courtesy of Ainslie IGA plus complimentary drinks from Eden Road Wines and Capital Brewing Co.

Closing Night - All Tickets $30.00 or $25.00 with Club Dendy

After Party with light supper plus complimentary drinks from Eden Road Wins and Capital Brewing Co.

Multi-ticket Passes:

3 films - $58.50 or $55.60 with Club Dendy

5 films - $87.50 or $82.90 with Club Dendy

10 films - $195.00 or $156.00 with Club Dendy

Group Tickets

Adult groups of 12 or more - $12.00 each (can only be purchased at the Box Office)

Special Offer - Club Dendy Membership

Stronger than Fiction patrons at Dendy enjoy special privileges. Booking your ticket at the Dendy Box Office makes you eligible for FREE membership of Club Dendy for twelve months.


Director - Deborah Kingsland

Co-director- Hannah de Feyter

Website - Josh Paul

Graphic Design - Daniel Hadiwibawa

Festival Trailer Editor - Noush Parsiavashi

Social Media - Inga Koralewska

Event Coordinator - Adi Watters

Festival Photographer: Anna Mayberry

Co-Founder & Consultant - Simon Weaving

Marketing Team: Sherene Suchy, Brett Yeats, Brian Stonebridge

Marketing Intern - Tim Ricabo

Volunteers - Carolyn Voss, John Frohlich, Lesley Cioccarelli, Tina Van Raay, Jenny Manning, Pamudika Kiridena, Alicia Flack-Kone, Flavia Abdurahman

Thanks to Diana Streak, Su Hodge, Sarah St Vincent Welch, Caroline Stacey

Thanks to all whose generosity made this festival possible, but for whatever reason are not named here. You know who you are and we love you!


We want to use the power of cinema to connect people with new ideas. And shake them up a bit. Our curatorial philosophy is to screen documentaries that combine cinematic storytelling with cutting edge thinking and deep insights about the world we live in and are being forced to share in ways we barely understand.

The world is already here in Canberra – from the global ideas that shape the nation’s political agenda to the international community that brings perspectives from other cultures. We want to be part of that dynamic, and we passionately believe that documentary cinema is one of the best ways to share new thinking. 

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The idea of a dedicated national documentary film festival based in the ACT had been discussed for years, and in 2013 a group of passionate people – led by documentary filmmaker Deborah Kingsland and film curator Simon Weaving – made it happen as part of the Canberra Centenary.

With the first year a strong success, Stronger Than Fiction has been growing year on year, with support from EventsACT, as well and several key sponsors.  Stronger than Fiction is now a recognised event on the ACT & national film festival calendar. 

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