About Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film
festivals, and is a major event on the NSW cultural calendar. The
12-day festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films
and animation from around the world in venues across the city
including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy
Opera Quays, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne and the
Art Gallery of NSW. SFF also takes place at Apple Store Sydney,
SFFTV @ Martin Place and Grasshopper Lounge. The Sydney Film
Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall returns, featuring
free exhibitions, talks, panels, parties, live music, performances,
DJs, a discount ticket booth and more.
The flagship program of Sydney Film Festival is the Official Competition, which was established in
2008 and celebrates 'courageous, audacious and cutting-edge'
cinema. The Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 cash is awarded by a jury
of five Australian and international filmmakers and industry
professionals to the winner among the 12 titles selected for the
Official Competition. The Official Competition is endorsed by
Federation Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de
Sydney Film Festival encourages and supports excellence in
Australian filmmaking via Australian Documentary Prize and the
long-running Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. The
other awards for films screened at SFF are the Community Relations
Commission For a Multicultural NSW (CRC) Award and the Foxtel Movies Audience
The Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government
through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen
Australia, and the City of Sydney. The festival's Strategic
partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
Sydney Film Festival operates year-round via the Travelling
Film Festival, Australia's longest-running touring event, which
visits 17 different locations around the country.
Anyone can engage with SFF year round by joining up as an Insider,
signing up for the festival's e-News and following SFF on Facebook and Twitter.