The exterior of the art deco National Film and Sound Archive building in Canberra on a sunny day

Fantastic Futures Canberra 2024: Registration is Open!

Fantastic Futures Canberra 2024 Conference: Registration is Open!

Registration open until 30 September

The Fantastic Futures Canberra 2024 conference will be held onsite at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia from 15 to 18 October 2024. We anticipate a packed schedule for four days!  

Overall theme: artificial intelligence in the future of work in the GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).  

Lenses given priority for the conference are history, language and culture relating to place, especially in the Australasian context. 





  • 31 March to 30 September 2024 



  • 240 people  



  • AUD$230 per person (full fee) 

  • AUD$115 for students (50% discount) 



  1. Attendance at the formal sessions onsite (17 to 18 October 2024) in Arc Cinema

  2. Wi-Fi access within the NFSA Acton site

  3. Studio access as a dedicated quiet chill-out workspace. The Courtyard and Gallery in the Acton site are publicly accessible areas also dedicated to the event

  4. Workshops and tours co-hosted by the NFSA and partners (15 to 16 October 2024)

  5. Networking events in the evenings hosted by the NFSA

  6. Discounts at Canberra hotels in easy walking, scootering, cycling and short ride-share distance

The welcome package will include details of everything included in the registration fee.



A livestream of the formal sessions on Thursday and Friday (18–19 October 2024) will be available to organisations sending a representative to the conference in person. We will provide a livestream token so that colleagues back at base camp can join virtually in a watch party. Following the conference the livestream recordings of the formal sessions will be produced for delayed or repeat viewing.   



Payments of the registration fee (AUD$230) can be made to the NFSA by: 

  • Credit card. The ticket is issued immediately and emailed to the registrant. Payment is upfront, and a receipt and tax invoice is automatically generated and emailed to the registrant.  

    Pay by credit card


  • Invoicing. The ticket is put aside for the registrant. We generate an invoice and email a request for payment. When funds are received, we generate a receipt and issue the ticket to the registrant.

    Payment by invoice


The full program schedule will cover workshops and tours (15-16 October) and formal sessions and networking events (17-18 October). All conference ticket holders will be able to book for places in workshops and tours (included in the registration fee) in August. Information will be sent to ticketholders via the NFSA ticketing system. There will be limited places for workshops and tours based on host and room capacity and health and safety requirements.  

Stay subscribed: Email addresses are retained in the NFSA ticketing system as part of registration. Please remain a subscriber to receive information leading up to and during the event. This is an important way to keep up with any last-minute changes or updates of that may be important or of interest.  


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The NFSA has arranged for two hotel offerings for conference attendees. The registration confirmation email will include information on the discount codes to use when booking accommodation with these hotels: QT Canberra and Mercure Hotels Canberra. 



Tourism: Visit Canberra provides a wide range of travel information.  

Fauna and flora: Native animals and bush are found in Canberra’s urban fringe and parks and reserves.  

Timezones: Daylight saving time resumes 6 October 2024 just prior to the event with the shift from winter to spring. The Australian Capital Territory moves from AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC +10) to AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, UTC +11). New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria will also adjust from AEST to AEDT on this date. Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory timezones all operate differently.  

Flying: Canberra airport has regular domestic connections from airports in state capitals on the east coast – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Limited international flights are available direct to Canberra: Fiji Airways and Batik Air 

Driving: Canberra is serviced by taxi, car hire or ride share services. All services are accessible from Canberra airport to get you to your accommodation.  

Local transport: the ACT Government provides bus and light rail services. A shared e-Scooter scheme operates with Beam Mobility and Neuron Mobility. You can hire bicycles and there is a shared path network and walking and cycling maps 

Internet: Many hotels provide Wi-Fi as part of the accommodation package and cultural institutions as part of their support for tourism, research and education. Canberra provides a public Wi-Fi network. For those with eduroam credentials via their institution, these networks are in place across the road from the NFSA at the Australian National University and nationally. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from local vendors.  

Climate: October is springtime with minimum to maximum temperatures averages of 6.7C (44.1F) and 20.1C (68.2F). Weather forecasts for Canberra are provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.  



  • We will refund all cancellations received by 8 October 2024. After this date, refunds cannot be given.  

  • Registration cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to:  

  • Adjustments to registrations can be made by contacting  





Want to know more about AI4LAM? AI4LAM (Artificial Intelligence for Libraries, Archives, Museums) is a collaborative framework for libraries, archives and museums to organise, share and elevate their knowledge about and use of artificial intelligence. Individually we are slow and isolated; collectively we can go faster and farther. The Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Regional Chapter of AI4LAM was initiated in 2020.   



Learn more about the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia by dipping into our stories and our work telling the national story with audiovisual media.  


Main image: the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia building. Photo by Grace Costa