Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest running film festivals in the world screening feature films, documentaries & short films across twelve days every winter

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“We’ve Seen A Real Appetite For Film” – Sydney Film Festival Online

“The response from our audience has been fantastic" ...
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Sea Fever

It’s the mark of a great thriller when it hits the most well-worn horror tropes ...
'We Are One' Brings the Many - SFF's Nashen Moodley on a World of Festivals Brought Together

‘We Are One’ Brings the Many – SFF’s Nashen Moodley on a World of Festivals Brought Together

"It's a wonderful opportunity for our audience to engage with the culture of these Festivals" ...


Memorable above all for breaking one ever-cautionary and cardinal rule of the detective thriller and ...


Kursk doesn’t want you to remember the actual disaster too closely, just some of it’s ...


Let’s get this out of the way first; Booksmart is a good film ...
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

A solid premise matters little when the execution can barely match it ...
Julia Parnell and Martin Phillipps on 'The Chills'

Julia Parnell and Martin Phillipps on ‘The Chills’

“It’s a story about Martin taking a big look at his life after a dire ...
Dirty God

Dirty God

In a Festival beset by unnecessary controversies and ill-considered depictions of violence, Dirty God showed ...
Ant Timpson on new thriller-comedy 'Come To Daddy'

Ant Timpson on new thriller-comedy ‘Come To Daddy’

"As a fan making a film I wanted to make something that I knew would ...
The Unknown Saint

The Unknown Saint

There’s no better place for dry humour than the desert. Couldn’t resist ...
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Jack Thompson guests on Anh’s Brush With Fame 

After a difficult start to life, he was nurtured by his adoptive family and found his creative voice, making his name in Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River and many more iconic films.

8.00pm tonight on abc and iview!
Queer Screen Pitch Off is now open! For a third year running, Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival exciting LGBTIQ+ filmmaker initiative is offering $10,000 in funding to make your short film! More Info:
Taiwan Film Festival in Australia Congratulation to this year's Short Film Competition winner Unnamed directed by Chang Chun-Yu and Gao Hong. The story starts with Zhang Ya-Ting wants to switch to a gender-neutral name. She goes to her best friend Hong Jia-Hao but interrupts him in the middle of hooking up with someone from a dating app. The production of the film took 5 days to shoot, but the script took them one year to complete and another half year in the post-production. The other 3 finalists are Lipstick, Be Shit or Not to Be, and A-Tien. 

This year's competition juries, Hsiao Ya-Chuan (Father to Son, Taipei Exchange, and Mirror Image), Maya Newell (Gayby Baby, In My Blood It Runs), and Sally Wu (The Good Daughter, Country Boys) to select the winner from the 4 finalists from the competition.

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Episode 4 of SFF Reverse Shot is out now! It features Warwick Thornton, whose film WE DON'T NEED A MAP screened at SFF 2017.

Speaking to Sandy George, the pair reveal how they turned anger – and news headlines – into a poetic essay-film. Plus, how their “fast and furious approach” to shooting interviews with rappers, tattooists, astronomers and more shaped the film’s timely messages.

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Happy National Volunteer Week! For this week's #GivingTuesdayNow, we want to thank our festival volunteers who generously #GiveTime to SFF each year. Volunteers play an integral part in shaping the festival and making it run so smoothly. We wouldn't be the same without them.

SFF will be back in cinemas in 2021 with the help of our fabulous volunteers, but in the meantime, watch out for our Virtual Edition and Awards — program launching next Wednesday. Find out more about how to support us:
It's week 3 of SFF Reverse Shot! For your weekly dispatch, we're revisiting an all-star panel from JUDY & PUNCH (SFF 2019), featuring director Mirrah Foulkes, leads Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman, and producers Nash Edgerton and Michele Bennett.

Hear how Foulkes’s fascination with stories of violence throughout history shaped her script, and how Wasikowska and Herriman prepared for their iconic roles — plus why working with a dog proved to be a hilarious challenge on set. 

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Today — and every Tuesday in May — is #GivingTuesdayNow, and we're asking you to #GiveLocal to help us support the Australian film industry through this difficult time.

Katrina, a Sydney Film Festival donor and documentary producer, says: "I am totally there with you on how tough this time is for our industry. I feel for the SFF and the filmmakers who had all worked so hard in preparation for this year's festival."

Our Virtual Edition this year is all about showcasing the incredible talent and work of Australian filmmakers. Find out more about how you can help us realise that vision:
Out now: Episode 2 of SFF Reverse Shot, featuring the inimitable Ben Mendelsohn reflecting on his early Australian roles, his extraordinary international success, and why he's attracted to dark film projects like UNA (SFF 2017) and ANIMAL KINGDOM.

New episodes weekly — subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or listen here:
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