Help uncover Adelaide's forgotten stories

Adelaide Film Festival 2022 seeks Tales in Light entries

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The Williams family at Christies Beach. Photo credit: State Library of South Australia B69688

The Williams family at Christies Beach. Photo credit: State Library of South Australia B69688


Bring an old tale back to light as part of an Adelaide Film Festival project.


Tales in Light is a project from Adelaide Film Festival shining a light, literally, on Adelaide's forgotten people and events.

South Australians are being invited to submit their hidden Adelaide stories, after which 20 will be selected for writers to research and develop.

One of the stories will then be chosen to be turned into a light projection that runs during the Adelaide Film Festival from 19-30 October 2022.

All 20 finalist stories will also be available to read on the festival website.

"The history we learn is mostly focused on the powerful. But often, it's everyday people and events who truly shaped the lives we live today. We know the people of Adelaide will have gems of stories that should take their place in the known history of our people and our city," says Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting.

Submitted stories can be from any time in the past, about any sort of person or event.

A story might be something that was a big deal at the time but has slowly been forgotten, or a personal family story that only a few people know about.

Submissions close on April 30.

Story submissions can be made here.

The Adelaide Film Festival is also working with Writers SA to find five writers for the Tales in Light project. They are searching for writers with a passion for local stories and a professional interest in developing skills to work on screen-based immersive projects.

Writers will be provided with a fee to research and outline five nominated stories.

Writers are encouraged to come to the project with one idea for a story indicative of their areas of interest.

Expressions of interest to participate as a writer in Tales in Light can be made here.