89 feature films and 273 short films were screened from 19 June to 29 June
Program in Focus
The 1986 festival initiated three programs of films specifically curated for children. Films screened included Jane Campion's Two Friends, which was invited to Cannes the same year. Other curatorial streams included: a Super 8 program, featuring work from Australia, the UK and New York; Australia's first International Video Festival; and a Michael Powell retrospective program. More shorts featured than ever before (an increase of 175 films compared to the previous year).
Filmmaker in Focus
Michael Powell. A retrospective of Powell's work was screened.
Opening Night Film
Kangaroo (Tim Burstall)