Sydney Film Festival

A world-class cinematic event, Sydney Film Festival is a highlight on Sydney's social calendar.

By Benjamen Judd   

Today, it has turned into an internationally renowned event attended by over a 100 000 movie lovers. In fact, 2015 recorded their largest crowd yet with more than 170 000 people. 

This year, over ten venues are taking part in the festival, including the new Skyline Drive-in in Blacktown, the State Theatre and the Casula Powerhouse. 

The official program for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival is one of the most extensive in the event’s history, including documentaries and films from all over the world including brilliant productions from local writers and directors. 

Some of the festival highlights include Halal Love (and Sex) – a hit in Dubai and the Sundance that shares stories of devout Muslims trying to negotiate love lives within strict religious rules. 

Closet Monsters is a Canadian coming-of-age story about a gay teenager who is plagued by gory fantasies and whose only solace is his pet talking hamster, Buffy (voiced by the fantastic Isabella Rossellini). 



The festival also hosts a number of event awards that acknowledge and reward the efforts of Australia’s phenomenal talent working in film.

The Dendy Short Film Award, Documentary Australia Foundation Award and will be announced throughout the week. The main prize, the Official Competition prize acknowledging “that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves the art form forward” will be announced on the final night, June 19.

For more information on ticketing, times and venues head over to the official Sydney Film Festival website.

The Sydney Film Festival will take place in Sydney from June 8 until June 19. 

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