Festival Hub

The Festival Hub at Town Hall is Sydney’s most extraordinary multi-function pop-up, combining everything you want from a festival bar with plenty of new and surprising ways to round out your total Sydney Film Festival experience.

The Festival Hub at Town Hall rounds out your total SFF experience with filmmaker talks, panels, parties and now with an expanded VR program daily, curated by the brilliant collective BADFAITH, with international and national premieres including the hit of Sundance, the first feature narrative VR from Canada Miyubi.

Open Daily 8-18 June 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 4.30pm-midnight 
Saturday 10 & 17 June: 11.30am-12:00am
Sunday 11 & 18 June: 11.30am-6.00pm

All events are FREE except for VR sessions 

Drop by the bar between films; buy discounted tickets; take in a talk or extend your film moment into a themed party celebrating everything from Roller Dream ’80s funk to the Brit-Punk renaissance to The Go-Betweens.

Full line-up closer to the Festival, so check out the Facebook page or use the SFF App for everything on offer.

Purchase $10 tickets (with no booking fee!) to selected SFF screenings, only in person at the Hub Box Office (daily until 8:30pm).

The Bar

Enjoy award-winning reds, whites and sparkling from the Eden Road Wines collection, 4 Pines craft beers, premium BLOOM Gin and a wide variety of other refreshing drinks to accompany excellent nibbles, snacks and even light meals before and after a film. It’s the perfect place to meet or just relax as you plan your next Festival selection.

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Foxtel Movies Film Screen Photobooth 

Foxtel Movies helps add to your Festival experience by putting you and your friends in the pictures. Be inspired by famous characters and capture your best film pics with this fun interactive photobooth that will allow you to share your photo and keep it as a memento of the Festival; all thanks to Foxtel Movies.

4 Pines Movie Trivia Night

Join 4 Pines for a fun night of brain-teasing film facts in the Festival Hub bar Lower Town Hall, as we put even the greatest movie minds to the test.

Sydney Contemporary Exhibition

Sydney Contemporary returns for its third year, this time with a focus on Australian painters, including Sam Holt, Jess Macneil, Rochelle Haley, and Ron Adams.

Virtual Reality at the Hub

Open your mind and expand your imagination with Japanese robots, dance battles on the streets of Sydney, an Antarctic dive and more. Don a virtual reality headset and transport yourself.

$10 Tickets @ The Hub

Take advantage of $10 tickets to selected SFF screenings – only available in the SFF Hub from 5pm–8:30pm each weekday and from midday to 8:30pm weekends and the Public Holiday Monday. The list of films will change every day.

Parties at The Hub: Roller Dreams

To celebrate the Australian premiere of Kate Hickey’s Roller Dreams about California’s skate-dance scene, the Venice Beach vibes come to The Hub with a Roller Boogie Party that will have you busting all your best disco moves.

Parties at The Hub: Jubilee

What better way to mark the Queen’s birthday than with a crash and burn punk party featuring Aussie band Nancy Vandal alongside former roadie for The Damned, DJ Richard Kuipers.

Parties at The Hub: The Go-Betweens

Join us and some very special guests for a night that celebrates the indelible music of Australian indie-icons The Go-Betweens after the World Premiere of Kriv Stenders’ documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Here.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: In conversation with Ben Mendelsohn

Following the screening of Una, Ben Mendelsohn will discuss the film and his extraordinary career from the beginnings in Australia to his more recent international successes.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: In conversation with European Women Filmmakers

Directors in our Europe! Voices of Women in Film program speak about the gender gap. Moderated by Screen International’s Sarah Ward.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: In conversation with Warwick Thornton

Following the screening of We Don’t Need a Map, join filmmaker and artist Warwick Thornton in conversation with film writer Sandy George.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: In conversation with Shaun Gladwell and Leo Faber

Shaun Gladwell talks with VR programmer Leo Faber about his virtual reality work, including Orbital Vanitas featured in the VR program.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: In conversation with Vanessa Redgrave

Following the screening of her directorial debut, the documentary Sea Sorrow, join activist and actor Vanessa Redgrave in conversation with film commentator Margaret Pomeranz.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Extended Q&A: Chauka Please Tell Us The Time

Join Dutch co-director Arash Kamali Sarvestani to hear more about this extraordinary project. Presented in conjunction with The Refugee Advice and Casework Service.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Extended Q&A: My Year with Helen

New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston will discuss her year-long project with former NZ Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Extended Q&A: One Thousand Ropes

Tusi Tamasese, the director of One Thousand Ropes and of the first-ever Samoan feature (The Orator, 2011) will chat about his approach to storytelling with SMH’s Garry Maddox.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Extended Q&A: I Am Not Your Negro

Join producer Hebért Peck in discussion with Documentary Australia Foundation’s Mitzi Goldman after the screening of this most topical film.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Low Budget? No worries

Join the Australian filmmakers behind That’s Not Me and OtherLife to get the insiders’ guide to low budget filmmaking.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Smash it Up: A Queen's Birthday Conversation

The Music presents this talk on Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and punk culture in Australia, from the UK’s safety pin-stylin’ swagger to the sweaty pub-rock masses of Sydney that defined a generation.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Things you never knew about Mad Max

Guardian Australia film critic Luke Buckmaster discusses his new book ‘Miller and Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend’ about the legacy and revelations of the franchise.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Diversity on Australian Screens

Are we diverse enough and do we like what we see on the screen? The filmmakers of Australia Day and Ali’s Wedding discuss the realities of multiculturalism in Australian cinema.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: An Animated Conversation

Sydney Film Festival Animation programmer, Malcolm Turner, in conversation with Ann Marie Fleming, the world renowned animator of Window Horses.