NFSA courtyard

Canberra venue hire

Canberra venue hire

Host your next event at one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. 

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is one of the world’s first audiovisual archives. Located in the cultural precinct of Acton in Canberra, our 1930s art deco building is an intimate and memorable location for your next event. 

We have four state-of-the-art venues and a dedicated technical team. Our venue hire services leave every detail cared for, so you just need to turn up and enjoy your event.  


NFSA venue hire

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), Canberra
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6248 2201

Submit an event enquiry


Arc Cinema

Make a big impression with our grand Art Deco cinema.

Inside Arc Cinema at the NFSA

Arc Cinema is a state-of-the-art, 242-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 Cinema is the perfect venue for your next conference, lecture or film screening. 


Venue Details 


  • 242 seats 
  • three permanently available accessible seats
  • wheelchair accessible 

Ideal for: 

  • 2K and 4K digital cinema 
  • 35mm and 16mm film 
  • live performance 
  • conference hosting 

Hire of Arc Cinema includes:  

  • two ushers 
  • one technical assistant 

Download: Arc Cinema technical capabilities



Pair a heritage aesthetic with contemporary audiovisual capabilities. 

Inside the NFSA Theatrette

The 110-seat Theatrette is an intimate option for smaller lectures, break-out sessions or live performances. Video conferencing and streaming, wi-fi connectivity, laptop support table and charging points will keep your delegates connected throughout your session. 


Venue Details 


  • 110 seats
  • two permanently available accessible seats
  • another two accessible seats can be made available on request
  • wheelchair accessible

Ideal for: 

  • screenings (digital files, DVD, Blu-ray) 
  • live performance 
  • conference hosting  
  • training 
  • lectures 

Hire of the Theatrette includes:  

  • two ushers 
  • one technical assistant

Download: Theatrette technical capabilities



Enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful 1930s courtyard.

The NFSA 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 260 people.


Venue Details 


  • up to 260 people
  • wheelchair accessible

Ideal for: 

  • performances 
  • cocktail receptions 
  • break-out space 

Hire of the courtyard includes:

  • audiovisual support

Download: Courtyard technical capabilities


The Studio

Deliver an efficient meeting, workshop or training session in our flexible studio space.

Inside the NFSA Studio

Our purpose-built studio and education space is perfect for your next meeting, webinar or photoshoot. The space seats 30 in a theatre-style configuration or 15 boardroom-style. Our team can support audiovisual and streaming functionality.  


Venue Details 


  • up to 30 people
  • wheelchair accessible

Ideal for: 

  • training 
  • boardrooms 
  • break-out sessions 

Hire of the Studio includes: 

  • lectern
  • TV screen
  • hardwired internet connection 

Download: The Studio technical capabilities



Entertain in style in an elegant and distinctly Canberran event space.

Ceiling of the NFSA building foyer showing an art deco pattern with an image of a platypus in the centre

The Foyer features black marble floors – locally quarried and unique in Canberra – beneath a soaring, stained-glass platypus skylight. Recently refurbished to highlight these striking design elements, the Foyer is an elegant, flexible space suitable for a range of events, from intimate cocktail functions to product launches, press conferences and awards ceremonies.


Venue Details 


  • up to 62 guests, cocktail configuration
  • up to 30 guests, cabaret configuration

Ideal for: 

  • cocktail receptions
  • press conferences
  • product launches
  • private dining 

Hire of the Foyer includes: 

  • custom house lighting
  • speaker system for speeches and background music (additional fees apply)



Present a bespoke event in a spacious, multipurpose venue with customisable add-ons.

People looking at items in an exhibition space.

Home to major NFSA exhibitions over the years, the Gallery is now available for hire for large-scale events. This expansive, multipurpose space offers a blank canvas for bespoke experiences, with timber floors, vaulted ceilings and direct access to the spacious, heritage NFSA Courtyard. The Gallery is private and fully customisable, with the option to add staging, lighting and a sound system.


Venue Details 


  • up to 385, cocktail configuration
  • up to 250, theatre configuration
  • up to 214, cabaret configuration

Ideal for: 

  • private dinners
  • conferences
  • commercial pop- ups
  • music events 

Hire of the Gallery includes: 

  • two ushers
  • one technical assistant



Relax and connect in the Mediatheque, a cosy, contemporary space with multimedia capabilities.

Inside the NFSA's Mediatheque space

A comfortable yet contemporary lounge space, the Mediatheque is perfect for informal breakout sessions, cosy private dining and screenings for small groups.


Venue Details 


  • up to 37 guests, cocktail configuration
  • up to 20 guests, theatre configuration

Ideal for: 

  • intimate film screenings
  • private lunches
  • meetings and workshops

Hire of the Foyer includes: 

  • large screen
  • customisable seating options


The Library

Host your guests in The Library, a unique and ambient space filled with pop culture curiosities.

Inside The Library at the NFSA

The Library is a treasure box of the NFSA’s most precious, wondrous and whimsical artefacts, with over 280 collection items on display. From soaring skylight to historic cabinetry, The Library is a memorable space to connect and celebrate, from small conference presentations and workshops to networking, speeches and music.


Venue Details 


  • up to 83 guests, cocktail configuration
  • up to 35 guests, theatre configuration
  • up to 20 guests, private dinner

Ideal for: 

  • corporate functions
  • private dinners
  • fundraising events
  • conference break-out sessions

Hire of the Foyer includes: 

  • one usher
  • customisable lighting states



pastries and brownies on a platter

The NFSA’s catering partner is Church Neighbourhood Goods, a Canberra institution with a wealth of hospitality experience.

During the day, the Church cafe at the NFSA serves locally roasted Redbrick coffee and a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats. Open late for NFSA events, the bar offers craft beers, wine, cocktails, antipasto and more. 

Church Neighbourhood Goods offers bespoke catering services for NFSA venue hirers, with menu options to suit every occasion.


Front facade of the NFSA building



Additional information


The NFSA requires all media to be displayed at the event in the final viewing version, at least five working days prior to event commencement. We will confirm required media formats as part of the venue hire agreement. We will charge a late fee of $100 per day for media not received within this timeframe.  


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


The hirer will be fully responsible for any copyright clearances involved in any works exhibited as part of the venue hire agreement. The hirer must provide written clearances to the NFSA prior to the event. The hirer will be responsible for any liability if they fail to clear copyright correctly. Classification clearances for any works publicly exhibited will be the responsibility of the hirer, who must provide them 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. The hirer must supply a valid tax invoice at the conclusion of the event for the monies collected for us to process the event. 


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. 


If your event occurs within NFSA opening hours, you may be required to share some common areas with the general public. The NFSA is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and outside those hours for advertised events


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


If we consider any cleaning required after the event to be excessive, we will require the hirer to meet all cleaning costs as an additional fee. The NFSA will organise cleaning the day after the event. 


There are 39 paid parking spaces at the NFSA located on McCoy Circuit, six of which are reserved for guests with a disability. Paid parking is $3.00 per hour for a maximum of three hours, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. There is also street parking available around the NFSA. There is ample parking in the vicinity for after hours and weekend events.  


All areas of the NFSA are accessible by wheelchair via the Liversidge St entrance. T switch loops are also available in Arc and the Theatrette. Find more details on our Visit Us page or contact the team at  



Venue photography by Christopher Morris