Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 

When will screenings resume? 

We will be hosting a limited series of comeback screenings over the summer period (December 2020 to February 2021) prior to a return to full season programming coinciding with the start of the 2021 university year.

Who can attend these comeback screenings? 

Due to the limited capacity of the cinema as a result of COVID-19 health restrictions, these screenings will be for members only. Up to two children are still permitted to attend per member, but the admission of guests will be restricted for now. We will also not be selling any new memberships until further notice.

Why are there so few films on offer at the moment? 

Programming a full season takes many weeks of preparation, and we were keen to get films back on screen sooner rather than later after receiving the go-ahead from the ANU to resume screenings. As such, the comeback screenings are intended to be a bit of a limited trial – both for us and for our members – before a full re-launch in February 2021.

They are also completely free for existing members (i.e. they don’t count towards your membership) as our way of saying ‘thank you’ for those of you who have patiently stuck around over the past few months!

I missed out on one of the comeback screenings. Will they be re-screened as part of the next full programme?  

While we can’t guarantee that any or all of the comeback films will be screened as part of our first season of 2021, we will do our best to ensure that as many members as possible get a chance to see them.

Is my membership still valid? 

If you were a member at the time screenings were cancelled in March 2020, then your membership was put on hold and will restart with our full season programme in February 2021. But you are most welcome to attend our comeback screenings at no extra charge!

If you would like to enquire about the specific validity of your membership, please email us at with your name and membership number (found on the back of your membership card).

Are there any changes to the way you screen films as a result of COVID-19? 

Yes. The ANU has only approved our return to screening films on the condition that we abide by a series of strict rules designed to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. These rules are as follows:

  • The Kambri cinema’s capacity has been capped at 50% or 150 people as of December 1, 2020. Note that this may be amended as ANU/ACT Health restrictions change over time.
  • All attendees must pre-register to attend screenings to help us manage audience numbers and allow for contact tracing to be carried out. Registration links will be provided on the listing for each screening on our website. No walk-ins will be permitted under any circumstances.
  • All attendees must also check-in when attending screenings by using the ACT Health Check In CBR app, by scanning the QR code that will be displayed at the entrance to the cinema. If you are visiting other parts of the ANU campus, you should use the ANU's Check In CBR QR codes in those areas as well.
  • All attendees must maintain appropriate social distancing by leaving 1.5 metres (or 1-2 seats) between them and the nearest person/party while seated inside the cinema, as well as when queuing up outside. Groups of attendees from the same household are permitted to sit together.
  • Any attendees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be strictly prohibited from entering the venue.
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face masks or coverings while attending the events.
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to use the hand sanitiser stations provided around the Cultural Centre building, as well as use provided disinfectant surface wipes to clean their seat area before/after use.
  • All contact tracing information will only be retained for 28 days. This information will not be used for any other purpose, and will be destroyed after this time.

What happens if we don’t follow the rules? 

Any failure by the ANU Film Group or any of its members to abide by these rules could result in the ANU immediately cancelling a screening or revoking our permission to hold future screenings. Representatives of the ANU will even be conducting spot audits to ensure compliance at any given time, so we all need to be on our best behaviour!

Any members found to be in breach of the COVID-19 rules or who refuse to follow instructions from representatives of the ANUFG may have their memberships suspended or revoked.

Will you still be screening double features?  

Unfortunately, we will not be screening double features until further notice, due to the significant logistical difficulty in carrying out the necessary contact tracing and venue cleaning between multiple sessions.

What if I’m not comfortable attending screenings under these conditions? 

If you’re not feeling comfortable or happy attending screenings for any reason whatsoever, we can continue to offer pro rata refunds on all existing membership fees up until February 2021. Simply reach out to us at with your details and we’ll get back to you with next steps.

If you’re undecided, we do encourage you to try and make it along to at least one of the free comeback screenings over the summer to help you make up your mind.

Venue 

Where are you located? 

From February 2019, the ANU Film Group will be located on the ground floor of the Cultural Centre within the new Kambri Precinct of the ANU in Canberra. It can be found as Building 153 on any ANU Campus maps.

You can also find directions to us on Google Maps (noting that surrounding map information may take some time to reflect the new buildings):

Is there parking available? 

There is underground parking with 400 car spots below our building. This is a paid facility operated by CarePark, and pricing at time of writing is a $6 flat rate for entry after 5 pm on weekdays and a $5 flat rate for all day parking on weekends.

There is also ample parking near the cinema, which is free at the time of our screenings. Please see the map below for the nearest recommended parking spots:

  1. Baldessin Parking Station (multi-storey parking and outdoor surface lot): approximately 450 metres/6 minutes walk from cinema
  2. School of Music (two outdoor surface parking lots) – approximately 400 metres/5 minutes walk from cinema
  3. Research School of Chemistry (outdoor surface parking lot) – approximately 300 metres/4 minutes walk from cinema

All of these parking spots are free after 5 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends, but we do encourage you to always check signage before parking as conditions may change.

There are also limited street parking spots along Childers Street, University Avenue, Hutton Street and North Road.

Parking map

What do you use to screen films? 

We use professional digital cinema projectors and a 7.1 digital surround sound system – the same type of equipment used in commercial theatres. We screen all our films in our new 305-seat cinema on a 10-metre wide screen, one of the largest in Canberra.

Do you screen from DVD? 

We do not screen from DVDs, as the quality of the picture is not sufficient when shown on our 10-metre wide screen. All films are screened from professional digital cinema equipment, unless specifically noted.

How are you different from commercial cinemas? 

As we are not-for-profit, we offer a commercial movie-going experience at an incredibly cheap price: an Annual membership gives you entry into over 200 films for the average price of just six Adult tickets at your local cinema.

Plus, many of our members agree that seeing a film in a theatre full of movie lovers who aren’t afraid to laugh, cry or scream only adds to the experience. Simply put, the ANU Film Group is the best way to see movies in Canberra!

Joining Up 

How do I become a member? 

To become a member of the ANU Film Group, all you have to do is come along to any screening and join up in person. We accept cash, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard payment at screenings. There is a 2.3% surcharge for all card payments at screenings. More details, including available membership options, can be found here.

Do I need to be a student or staff member at the ANU? 

Absolutely not! While the ANU Film Group based at the Australian National University in Canberra, membership is open to anyone and everyone. You don't have to have any affiliation with the ANU – all you need is a desire to watch films in a full cinema setup for an excellent price.

Can I buy a ticket to just one screening? 

We aren’t able to sell tickets for individual films, but we do offer Weekly memberships that allow you to see as many films as you like within seven days of the date of purchase. These cost $15 each and are comparable in price to a single ticket at commercial cinemas.

Best of all, if you end up liking what you see, you can upgrade your Weekly to a full membership too. All you have to do is bring in your Weekly membership card up to two weeks after expiry and receive $10 off a full Annual or Season membership.

Screenings 

What time do screenings start? 

All screenings start at 7:30 PM, with the exception of select Saturday sessions, which start at 5:00 PM. We do not screen adverts or trailers, so please ensure you arrive by the advertised start time to avoid missing the beginning of the film.

What time should I arrive? 

Doors will only open 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening, so there’s no reason to arrive any earlier.

If you’re joining up, be sure to come along at least 15 minutes before the start of the film (or earlier if you’re joining up towards the beginning of the season) to ensure sufficient time to fill out your membership form and find a good seat.

Can I just come along for the second film of a double feature? 

Yes. All double features include a ten minute intermission, however, so simply check the running time of the first film, and add 10 minutes to figure out the approximate start time for the second film.

Can I book seats in advance? 

Seating is not allocated and only available on a first come, first served basis. So if you’re picky about where you sit, be sure to come along early to save your seat.

What happens if there are no seats left? 

Our theatre seats 305 people but occasionally popular films can result in all of these seats being filled. If this is the case, we will double-check all of the seats to ensure they are taken before calling a full house.

Seating can only be guaranteed if you arrive no later than the advertised start time for the film. If a screening is full and a reasonable number of people are turned away before the scheduled start time, however, then a re-screening will be attempted for a later date and time to be advised.

For safety reasons, we are unable to allow people to sit in walkways or bring in additional seating.

How do I find out about unexpected screening changes? 

While we make every effort to stick to our scheduled programme, we will sometimes have to unexpectedly reschedule screenings due to circumstances beyond our control.

In the event of such changes, we will advise members as soon as possible through our electronic mailing list and via our website. Announcements will also be made at screenings and signs put up at the theatre, but our mailing list is by far the quickest way to receive such information, so be sure to sign up for it on the front page of this website.

What do I do if I’ve left something behind at a screening? 

Committee members usually do a quick check of the theatre after screenings to pick up any lost property. We have a small cupboard for lost property, so send us an email or check with the Duty Manager at your next screening and we’ll let you know if we’ve found it.

If the item is something of value (wallets or mobile phone, for example), it will be left with ANU Security's Lost and Found service for safekeeping. ANU Security is located in the Anthony Low Building (Building 124) near the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Unfortunately, we are unable to store ‘lost’ husbands, wives, partners or children, so please ensure you take those home with you after each screening.

Guests and Children 

What is a ‘No Guests’ screening? 

Screenings that are marked as ‘No Guests’ screenings means that only members of the Group can attend the screening. This is usually reserved for more popular screenings, to ensure that there remain seats for our members.

Memberships will be available for purchase at all screenings, however, so a No Guests screening may be the perfect time to join up if you or your friends aren’t members yet.

Can I bring guests along to screenings? 

Members of the Group can bring guests along to screenings provided that the screening is not a ‘No Guests’ screening, and you have sufficient guest passes left.

Annual memberships include eight guest passes, while Season memberships include two guest passes. Your guest entitlements are electronically stored and the Duty Manager at each screening can tell you how many passes you have left.

Weekly memberships do not include guest passes.

Can I bring children along to screenings? 

Each member of the Group may bring up to two children (under 16 years of age) along for free to screenings that are marked ‘No Guests’. There is no restriction on the number of children admitted to other films, but this is subject to reason and at the discretion of the Duty Manager on the night.

All children must remain accompanied by the member during the screening, and entry may be restricted by the film’s censorship rating.

Membership Cards 

What do I do if I’ve forgotten or lost my membership card? 

If you’ve forgotten your membership card on the night of a screening, we can look you up on your membership system provided you have some photo ID with you. Simply ask the Duty Manager to look up your details.

If you’ve lost your card, please let us know ASAP so that we can cancel your card and arrange for a replacement card. This process may take up to two weeks, upon which your new card will be available for collection at any screening.

Can other people use my membership card? 

Membership is non-transferable, meaning that only you may use your membership card to attend screenings. We occasionally conduct random ID checks, so if your membership card is found being used by someone else it will be confiscated, and your membership may be suspended with no refund given.

Food and Drink 

Is there anywhere to buy snacks and drinks prior to screenings? 

Our new home in the Kambri Precinct features an assortment of restaurants, takeaway outlets, cafes, bars, shops and much more. To find out more about what’s on offer, please visit the Kambri website.

Can I bring my own food in with me? 

You certainly can, just so long as you dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided after the screening. Committee members have to stay behind to clean up after each screening and it makes life so much easier if you throw your own rubbish away!

Alcohol is not permitted.