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Sydney Film Festival 2015: Pen-ek, Aihara Hiromi Join Competition Jury

The 2015 Sydney Film Festival has announced the jury in charge of judging the 12 titles in the Official Competition, which "recognises courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film." The winner will take home the Sydney Film Prize and A$60,000 cash.This year's...

Sydney Film Festival 2015: The Top 15 Picks

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival's program has been unveiled. This year, the Festival will screen 251 films from 68 countries, with 33 World Premieres (including 22 World Premiere short films), 135 Australian Premieres (including 18 Australian Premiere short films) and...

World Premiere Of Australian Film RUBEN GUTHRIE To Open Sydney Film Festival 2015

Ruben Guthrie, an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, has been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Sydney Film Festival. It is the directorial debut...

2015 Sydney Film Festival Announces First Titles

The Sydney Film Festival announced earlier today the first 27 new titles from its 200+ film program, plus an Ingmar Bergman retrospective curated by Australia's top film critic and former SFF Director David Stratton. Other announcements include Dendy Newtown as...

THE CROSSING and THE ROCKET Win Sydney 2013 Audience Awards

Earlier this week we heard the Jury picks for the 60th Sydney Film Festival; Refn and Gosling's Only God Forgives won the Official Competition prize and Buckskin won the Foxtel Documentary Prize. Now comes the Audience Awards.Two Australian films won both prizes....

BUCKSKIN Wins Sydney 2013 Documentary Prize, PERCEPTION Wins the Dendys

Yesterday Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives won the whopping $60,000 Jury Prize at the 60th Sydney Film Festival. This was the second time Refn had won the award in its short history - Bronson also won in 2009, the year after...

ONLY GOD FORGIVES Wins Official Competition At 60th Sydney Film Festival

Today is the last day of the 60th Sydney Film Festival, and Festival Director Nashen Moodley and Official Competition Jury President Hugo Weaving have just announced Only God Forgives as the winner of this year's Official Competition $60,000 cash prize."After...

Sydney Film Festival 2013 Opens Tomorrow With Indigenous Thriller MYSTERY ROAD

It's finally here - the much anticipated 60th Sydney Film Festival will be opening tomorrow! The Opening Night Film is talented Aussie filmmaker Ivan Sen's Mystery Road, "a suspenseful and intelligent mystery that uses the conventions of the Western and the...

Sydney Film Festival 2013 Preview: Documentaries

"In this age of digital video - in which there are cheap cameras, editing software, and funding to be had (if rarely big money to be earned) - the cool kids are making docs. The form is not just good...

Sydney 2013 Preview: Opening and Closing Films Plus Official Competition Picks

As the 60th Sydney Film Festival approaches, feelings of excitement and eager anticipation are shared by all of the city's film lovers. Why? Well, the recently unveiled festival program features a truly spectacular line-up, and there is really something for...

Full Program for the 60th Sydney Film Festival Announced!

The much anticipated full program for this year's Sydney Film Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has just been announced. The 190-film program looks filled with wonderful treasures for all film lovers. At first glance, some highlights, besides the...

Hugo's Picks From the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and the good news is that it will be here in just over a month's time! As a Sydneysider, I am particularly proud of the Sydney Film Festival because it...

Sydney Film Festival 2012 - Wrap Up

The Sydney Film Festival has been and gone for another year. A total of 157 films from 51 countries were shown in 225 sessions over 12 days. The weather was unusually cold and wet, but that did nothing to dampen...

Sydney 2012: Day 12 Trailer of the Day - SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Closing Night Film)

Today is the last day of the 2012 Sydney Film Festival, and the trailer of the day is for the Closing Night Film, Safety Not Guaranteed. About the film: "WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not...

Sydney 2012: Day 11 Trailer of the Day - GOLDEN SLUMBERS

Today is the second last day of the 2012 Sydney Film Festival, and so if you're in Sydney and want to experience the largest film festival this city has to offer, this may be your last chance! The featured trailer...

Sydney 2012: Day 10 Trailer of the Day - WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Today's SFF trailer of the day is the latest film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. About the film: Andrea Arnold, who won prizes at Cannes for her features Red Road (SFF 2007) and Fish Tank, has created a radical adaptation of Emily...

Sydney 2012: Day 9 Trailer of the Day - THE WORLD BEFORE HER

Today's Sydney Film Fest trailer of the day is The World Before Her, a fascinating look at the new and old worlds of India. About the film: The dramatic juxtaposition at the heart of this absorbing film is between...

Sydney 2012: Day 8 Trailer of the Day - HAROLD'S GOING STIFF

Today's selected trailer of the day at the Sydney Film Festival is the zombie comedy Harold's Going Stiff. About the film: Fashioned in the style of a BBC regional documentary about a sensitive local health issue, Keith Wright's very funny and...

Sydney 2012: Day 7 Trailer of the Day - THE KING OF PIGS

For today's Sydney Film Festival trailer of the day, I have chosen for you a very dark animated feature from South Korea titled The King Of Pigs. About the film: A daring, disturbing and violent animated film about bullying, social status...

Sydney 2012: Day 6 Trailer Of The Day - WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY

This fascinating documentary examines the creative life of the multi-hyphenate filmmaker from his early years, to his days writing for TV and doing stand up to his recent OscarĀ® win for  Midnight in Paris. Woody's impressive four-decade career is illustrated...