Fireflies is a biannual print film magazine created between Berlin and Melbourne. Each issue assembles an international group of writers, artists and critics to celebrate the work of two extraordinary film directors through personal essays, creative responses, and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers.

Sitting somewhere between an informative career retrospective, a provocative symposium, and an offbeat creative homage, Fireflies passionately expands the possibilities of film criticism. We invite audiences to discover and explore treasures of global cinema through a beautifully designed print object. We also throw launch events, screenings, and talks.

Fireflies co-founder Annabel Brady-Brown will be in conversation for the final FOMM of the year with James Hewison, ACMI Head Of Film Programs. This has been timed to coincide with the publication of Edition #4 of Fireflies, featuring iconoclastic filmmakers Pedro Costa and Ben Rivers – and a special event at ACMI Cinemas on 2 December.

Bio: Annabel Brady-Brown is a founding editor of Fireflies and co-editor of The Lifted Brow. Her film writing has appeared in MUBI Notebook, Indiewire, 4:3, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings and more, and she was a participant in the 2016 Locarno Critics' Academy.

Happy Hour at the ACMI Café & Bar!

The bar has Happy Hour every Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
$6 house wines
$5 Boag’s schooners
$6 house spirits

A great place to grab a drink before the talks.

Special Offer to your guests only - Present your AFTRS Friday on My Mind ticket at the ACMI Café & Bar for 10% off Food and Beverage

HOST: James Hewison


  • FREE
  • 6:00pm start
  • Tickets are only available on the day at the ACMI box office to be collected in person.
  • First in best dressed.
  • ACMI: Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Get Directions to ACMI


Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries.

Running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012 Friday on My Mind generally runs from early March to the end of October each year. All past sessions can be reviewed in the 'Previous Guests' tab at the bottom of this page.

Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.


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