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

Sydney (May 29 – Jun 7 + Jun 10 – 21, 2020)

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'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 ...
Hail Satan?

Hail Satan?

Possibly the only Sydney Film Festival title ever to feature a question mark ...
Producer Majhid Heath on Indigenous Horror Anthology 'Dark Place' Premiere

Producer Majhid Heath on Indigenous Horror Anthology ‘Dark Place’ Premiere

"Five wickedly twisted tales from the next generation of Aboriginal Writer/Directors all looking at the ...


Hundreds of films screen every year at the Sydney Film Festival and you can’t always ...
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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. Listen here:
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. Subscribe to SFF Reverse Shot wherever you get your podcasts, or listen here:
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:
Looking for a last-minute Mother's Day surprise? Our culinary comrades over at Azuma Japanese Restaurant have got you covered with a range of hampers, sushi roll platters, and bento boxes to help you make this Sunday at home special while supporting a local restaurant. Pre-orders essential, and close 5PM today. 🥂 Check out all the details:
⚠️ GOOD NEWS ALERT ⚠️ This year, Sydney Film Festival will be virtual and national for the first time! That's right – today we're announcing the 67th SFF: Virtual Edition and Awards. From 10 to 21 June, we'll be bringing the most important elements of our 2020 lineup to you. Expect world premieres of Australia's most exciting documentaries, shorts from rising stars, and films from cutting-edge European women directors. More details to come, but for now – save the date 📝 Tickets on sale and full program announced May 27 at (Pictured: Erica Glynn accepting her Documentary Australia Foundation Award for SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED, SFF 2019)
For almost 70 years, Sydney Film Festival has been the way we collectively explore the world and our time through the medium of film. Today, we're continuing that tradition. We're joining forces with other international film festivals – including Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, Tribeca, Venice, and more – immersing audiences in stories from around the world and providing a voice for filmmakers on the global stage. The festival will run from May 29 to June 7 on, and will be totally free. The full program of films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations will be available soon – stay tuned! Subscribe now:
It is with deep regret that, for the first time in its history, the Sydney Film Festival board and management must announce the cancellation of this year’s Festival, planned for June 3rd to 14th. Find out more:
This is your last chance to double your Flexipass! All Flexipass purchases before midnight on March 11th will automatically be entered in a draw to double down. A Flexipass 10 becomes a 20, a Flexipass 20 becomes a 40. And for the diehards, buy a Flexipass 30 and you’ve got a chance for a 60! Get your Flexipass here:
One of the fashionistas: long-time Sydney Film Festival friend Gillian Armstrong presents Finding Jack: The Legacy of Orry Kelly as part of Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas - SCCI Fashion Hub 2020. See Armstrong as she shares the story of uncovering Australia's little-known Old Hollywood connections, accompanied by a screening of her feature WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED. 2-5PM, 21 March, Centennial Park. Learn more:
From our friends at Art Gallery of New South Wales: catch Projections, a new monthly series exploring future directions in the moving image. See artist talks, performances and screenings by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Basma Alsharif, Khalik Allah and more — for free! Reserve your spots:
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