Come celebrate the 60th Sydney Film Festival in style, as the
Opening Night Gala returns to the magnificent State Theatre on
Wednesday 5 June 2013, screening Mystery Road as the
opening night film. Experience the red-carpet glamour of one of
Australia's premiere film events in one of its most beautiful
Tickets for the afterparty, to be held at Bungalow 8, are also
available in the full 'Film + Party' package.
Distinguished sponsors of Opening Night
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Bid a fond farewell to the 60th annual Sydney Film Festival at
an exciting evening filled with acclaim, applause, awards and one
more example of the best in film with feel-good documentary
Twenty Feet From Stardom. Join us at the State Theatre as
we call it a wrap and celebrate the finale of another fantastic
Before the screening of the SFF 2013 Closing Night film, be part
of SFF's awards ceremony, honouring the winners of the $60,000
Sydney Film Prize, the 2013 FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize and
the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films.
Tickets are strictly limited, so don't miss out!
The Official Competition was established in 2008 and
endorsed by Fédération Internationale des Associations de
Producteurs de Films (the regulating organisation for international
film festivals). Twelve feature films are selected for Official
Competition on the basis that they demonstrate "emotional
power and resonance; are audacious, cutting-edge, courageous; and
go beyond the usual treatment of the subject matter." The
jury, consisting of five international and Australian filmmakers
and industry professionals, awards a cash prize of $60,000,
presented at SFF's Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 16 June.
Up to 10 films are selected for the Foxtel Australian
Documentary Prize, which acknowledges excellence in local
documentary production and is open to films of any length. The
Foxtel jury awards a cash prize of $10,000, presented at SFF's
Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 16 June.
SFF's prestigious Australian Short Films Awards were established
in 1970, and have been sponsored by Dendy Cinemas for 25
years. The Dendy Live Action Short Award, Rouben
Mamoulian Award, and Yoram Gross Animation Award are
presented at SFF's Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 16
June. All finalists screen together in two sessions,
with guest filmmakers in attendance, buy tickets to the screenings
The ultimate Sydney Film Festival experience is to lose
yourself in a movie in the magnificent State Theatre. The opulence
of the historic 'Palace of Dreams' will add to your
enjoyment of this special selection of premieres, award
winners and films gathering a global buzz for delivering guaranteed
Discover a treasure trove of captivating stories from great
cinematic storytellers. This section brings together the best
examples of this artform, showcasing prizewinners from the world's
most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be
better known. These are films that are political, sexy, funny and
poetic; films that are engaging, thought-provoking, moving and
entertaining. They are films that provide a window on international
cinema today - and on the evidence of the work gathered here,
contemporary cinema is as vibrant, rich and diverse as ever.
There are so many great documentaries around this year, and we
like to think that the cream of the doco crop is screening in this
year's SFF, with multiple winners from Sundance, SXSW and
Berlinale, and filmmaking talent from China to Malawi. Come see
what all the fuss is about and join the factual-film
Music and film are inseparable dance partners, and films
about music make for some of the most compelling cinema created.
The SFF 2013 music-film playlist is more exciting and eclectic than
ever, featuring genres ranging from opera to death metal via roots
and R&B. Famous faces will fill the screen, alongside many
other unsung talents whose tales deserve to be told. All of these
engrossing stories are driven by stunning soundtracks that will
stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
Film noir's definition and history has always been hard to
fix - more mercury than blood. British film noir is an even rarer
metal. It starts perhaps in the problem that for a long time it's
been assumed not to exist. If English film
historians might be uncomfortable with their own middle-class
'quality' cinema, they culturally cringe even more from a raw
cinema genre born from their more brutal and exploitative
popular-entertainment traditions... read more
It's been a big year for Austrian film. Michael
Haneke's Amour (SFF 2012) won both the Palme
d'Or at Cannes and the Oscar® for Best
Foreign Language Film. Ulrich Seidl's Paradise
trilogy achieved the rare feat of playing in competition at
the three major festivals: Cannes, Venice and Berlin.
Through this Focus on Austria, we pay tribute to these
masters and their colleagues, their films and their methods, to the
beautiful city of Vienna, and to the country's next generation of
Cinematic television continues to thrive around the world,
bringing some of cinema's great directors and feature-film
production values to home viewers. The best of these can hold their
own by any measure, with audiences devouring them in broadcast,
download and DVD formats. Here are two world-class examples of when
small screen series are of such quality they deserve to be seen on
the big screen.
Each series screens in one session with a 20 minute interval.
Tickets $30, concession $27.
If a walk on the distinctly weird and wild side of
contemporary cinema takes your film-festival fancy be sure to make
a date or six with Freak Me Out, guest programmed by
Richard Kuipers. SFF's sidebar dedicated to everything
from heavy-duty horror to mind-bending thrillers and extreme
arthouse attractions is simply dying for you to meet
its gallery of very, very strange characters... read more
The festival's line-up of short
films, which screen before features throughout the festival, are
often funny, sometimes shocking and occasionally heartbreaking.
It's a lot to pack into a few minutes, so arrive early - these
cinematic appetisers deserve your full viewing attention.
Sydney Film Festival is proud of our new partnership with
Screen Australia's Indigenous Department, a team that has nurtured
many of the projects and filmmakers that SFF has screened in the
past. The history has been strong, and the future is looking good
For this edition we bring you films from Jon Bell (The Chuck
In), Dylan McDonald (Buckskin), Steven McGregor
(Big Name No Blanket) and Ivan Sen (Mystery
With Before Midnight, Richard
Linklater finishes a memorable conversation begun nearly 20 years
ago, a dialogue across cultures, values and gender. For those who
grew up with the characters of Jesse and Celine in
Before Sunrise and Before
Sunset, it's a welcome chance to reunite with old
friends. For those new to this intelligent, philosophical series of
romances, it's an opportunity to discover one of the most
accomplished screen narratives of our time.
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are
available as a package for $30 per person. Buy tickets
SFF presents a gala Australian special
screening of Disney Pixar's Monsters
University, welcoming Mike and Sulley back to the big
screen to find out how the monster pals from the
Inc. met and became friends.
Enjoy the Australian Premiere of Red Obsession on
Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th of June at 6:30pm at Event
Cinemas George Street, followed by a dinner especially created by
top Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan at glass brasserie
at the Hilton Sydney, featuring matching Bordeaux and Eden
SFF presents a range of retrospective screenings of
important films from different eras, from iconic Hollywood classics
to game-changing Australian factual films.
For the first time in over 40 years, SFF heads over the Bridge
to Sydney's North Shore, with screenings at the Hayden Orpheum
Picture Palace Cremorne over both festival weekends. This opulent
Art Deco cinema, a landmark for generations of film lovers, has
been immaculately restored to transport you to a time when a trip
to the movies was truly a grand night out.
Sydney Film Festival presents a very special series of talks
with guest filmmakers and industry figures. From the annual Ian
McPherson Lecture - this year featuring the inimitable David
Stratton - to the Meet the Filmmaker talks in the iconic Apple
Store on George Street, to more intimate talks in our brand-new
Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall, SFF offers a variety of encounters
and locations for film lovers of all persuasions.
To celebrate the 2012 Sydney Film Festival and the spirit of
filmmaking, the Apple Store once again hosts its free Meet the
Filmmakers series, where you can hear esteemed writers, directors,
producers and actors discuss their latest project and answer your
Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall throws open its doors
with FREE exhibitions, talks, parties, live music, performances,
DJs and screenings in the Mitsubishi Theatrette from 5-10pm 7-16
June, and 2-6pm 17 June. Just a short stroll from the Festival's
major venues, the Hub is a hive of activity that makes meeting up
with fellow festival-goers a real pleasure. The Hub Ticketing Bar
(open daily 5-8:30pm) is also the only place to buy $10 tickets
(with no booking fee!) to selected next-day screenings. All Hub
events are free and open to over-18s.