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Venue hire


The NFSA has a number of unique and beautiful art deco venues that are available for film screenings, conferences, lectures, presentations and event receptions: Arc cinema, the theatrette, courtyard and exhibition gallery. To plan your event with us, fill in the online enquiry form or email events [at]


Arc Cinema

Make a big impression with our grand art deco cinema


Arc cinema is a state-of-the-art, 248-seat venue capable of screening all manner of film formats from the early days of silent film through to the latest digital 3D images. Paired with a Dolby Digital EX sound system, Arc is the perfect venue for your keynote address, lecture or film night. Technical specifications.



An intimate venue with a window to the world

The refurbished 114-seat Theatrette is an intimate option for smaller lectures, break-out sessions or live performances. Video conferencing and streaming, WiFi connectivity and laptop support table and charging points will keep your delegates connected throughout your session.



Enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful 1930s courtyard

The art deco heritage courtyard features beautifully landscaped gardens framed by cloisters. The courtyard is the perfect venue for event receptions and live music events for up to 250 people. During summer the courtyard is a popular venue for the NFSA’s outdoor screening program and seats up to 180 people.


Exhibition Gallery

A heritage-listed space for any event

Our indoor exhibition gallery is perfect for evening cocktails to welcome guests, celebrate a great conference or launch your new product. Located on the edge of the Canberra CBD next to the Australian National University, the NFSA is close to hotels and national attractions.


Venue Hire Costs

Download: Venue hire costs

Submit: Event enquiry form


Additional information



You must deliver to the NFSA all media that is to be displayed at the event in the final viewing version, at least five working days prior to the event commencement. The NFSA will confirm required media formats as part of the Venue Hire Agreement. The NFSA will charge a late fee of $100 per day for media not received within this time frame. The NFSA cannot offer media conversion services.

Audiovisual equipment

A dedicated technician will be on site to assist with your audiovisual needs. The venue hire fee includes projection and a fixed lectern and microphone. Additional audiovisual equipment may incur an additional fee.

Copyright and classification

The Hirer will be fully responsible for any copyright clearances involved in any works exhibited as part of the venue hire arrangement. Written clearances are required and must be provided to the NFSA prior to the Event. The Hirer will be responsible for any liability if there is failure to clear copyright correctly. Classification clearances for any works publicly exhibited will be the responsibility of the Hirer and must be provided in writing to the NFSA prior to screenings.


The NFSA can sell or distribute tickets for your event on your behalf for the additional fee of $150 per event. A valid tax invoice must be supplied at the conclusion of the event for the monies collected for the event to be processed.

Conduct of events

The Hirer shall ensure that all visitors invited to the Event conduct themselves in an orderly manner. The NFSA reserves the right to remove from the premises any person whose conduct is disorderly or offensive.

Opening hours

If your event occurs within opening hours you may be required to share some common areas with the general public. The NFSA is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, as well as Friday nights, weekends and public holidays for advertised events (see Events calendar).


Please ensure all deliveries are made to the NFSA loading dock; deliveries to reception will not be accepted. The loading dock is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm.


If cleaning required after the Event is considered by the NFSA to be excessive then the Hirer will be required to meet all cleaning costs incurred by the NFSA, which will be charged as an Additional Fee. Cleaning will be organised by the NFSA the day after the Event.


There are 39 paid parking spaces at the NFSA located on McCoy Circuit. Paid parking is $1.50 per hour for a maximum of two hours. There is also street parking available around the NFSA.