- Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest running film festivals in the world, marking its 57th year in 2011.
Serious film buffs and cinema fans keen to be first with their feature fix are catered for at the Sydney Film Festival, a major event on Sydney’s cultural calendar.
The festival brings together two weeks of engaging viewing. The best new films from around the world are in the mix, including feature films, short films, documentaries, animations and restored archive films. Brand new features from more than 40 countries allow film fans to see the most anticipated films in the cinema world before they have a major Australian release.
Films screen at multiple venues across Sydney, including the State Theatre, George Street Cinemas, Dendy Opera Quays and the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2009 the festival was attended by more than 116,000 people.
The festival hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking, including the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and the Official Competition, which celebrates courageous and audacious filmmaking.
Romance, drama, comedy, thriller and biopic are all covered by the program. Free talks and forums are held alongside the many screenings.