The lighted exterior of the NFSA building in Canberra at night

A Night at the Movies

A Night at the Movies: A School Group Movie Experience

An Exclusive Experience for Schools

The NFSA offers evening screenings of Australian films exclusively for school groups. Complete with preshow entertainment from the national collection, and a sweet treat, book your school in for a night at the movies like no other.

Bring your school group to our historic Theatrette to enjoy a personalised movie experience.  

Before the feature film plays, we'll take students on a visual journey behind the scenes, seeing how films are screened and learning about the history of film projection in Australia. 

We have also selected some classic advertisements from the NFSA collection to screen before the movie, offering your students a quick walk down memory lane. 

Tickets also include a sweet treat for them to enjoy. 

Please note: This program is not available to the general public but is exclusively for school groups. For other screenings at the NFSA, see our regular program of screenings and events.


SChool night films

In 2024 we will screen the following films on demand for schools:


An animated pirate girl with an eye patch and skull earrings talking to a hovering insect.

Scarygirl (PG, 2023, 90 mins)
Directors: Ricard Cussó, Tania Vincent
Starring: Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Tim Minchin, Anna Torv, Liv Hewson

When her world is threatened by a loss of sunlight, a young girl must journey to a fantastical city, rescue her father from a mysterious scientist and save the planet.


A teenage boy and girl wearing aqua shirts with a corporate logo and carrying bags. She is looking pensive, while he looks at her, smiling.

Blueback (PG, 2022, 102 mins)
Director: Robert Connolly
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Eric Bana, Mia Wasikowska, Ilsa Fogg, Pedrea Jackson 

Abby befriends a wild blue groper and becomes inspired to protect the world’s coral reefs. 

Based on the popular novel by Tim Winton.



A cartoon wombat standing upright and wearing a brightly coloured superhero outfit and mask with a utility belt and the initial CW, for Combat Wombat, across her chest.
Combat Wombat

Combat Wombat (PG, 2020, 80 mins) 
Director: Ricard Cussó 
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Ed Oxenbould, Frank Woodley  

A wombat-turned-Wonder Woman unintentionally becomes the city's superhero after she begrudgingly saves a rookie superhero sugar glider from certain doom. 


A primary school aged boy seated in a classroom focused intently on a paper plane which he is holding in his hands, ready to aim.
Paper Planes

Paper Planes (G, 2015, 96 mins) 
Director: Robert Connolly 
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham 

Dylan discovers he has a knack for making paper planes. To compete in the world championship, he'll have to help rally his grieving dad and face bullies and self-doubt.  


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Details and bookings

What: A Night at the Movies. 

Where: Onsite in the NFSA Theatrette. 

When: Mondays to Wednesdays at 7pm. Screenings last for approximately 2 hours.

Cost*: $12 per student (minimum 50, maximum 105) including sweet treat. 
*If your group is fewer than 50 or greater than 105 students, contact us at to discuss options.

Films: Schools should indicate which film they would like to see when booking, or when confirming the booking one month before the event. 

Supervision:This program is not supervised or facilitated by NFSA staff and teachers must supervise.

Food and drink: Chips, popcorn or biscuits are not permitted in the cinema. All drinks must have a lid, to reduce risk of spills. Schools should take all rubbish with them and dispose in bins provided

Book: For teachers and tour operators, please book via the Book Canberra Excursions website. You can read our booking terms and conditions here.

Students may be dropped off and picked up directly in front of the NFSA building on McCoy Circuit for this program. Please refer to the NFSA Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions for additional information.