Here is the definitive guide to all the films featured in the 2016 Sydney Film Festival. Categories and film strands are below.
See a PDF of our program calendar here.
See a PDF of the full program here.
At Palace Cinemas in Leichhardt and Paddington from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 June, book now for 11 Festival favourites back by popular demand.
Experience the red carpet glamour of Opening Night with the world premiere of Ivan Sen's outback noir Goldstone starring Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil and David Wenham.
Bid a fond farewell to the 63rd Sydney Film Festival at an evening filled with acclaim and applause, and one more example of the best in film, with Love & Friendship.
The Sydney Film Prize is the pinnacle of the competitive awards at SFF each year, presented in recognition of the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge new cinema.
Sydney Film Festival is honoured to present the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary. This prestigious competition is now in its eighth year.
Sydney Film Festival’s short film competition, now in its 47th year, has launched the careers of many directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and other film creatives.
The ultimate Sydney Film Festival experience is to lose yourself in a movie at the magnificent State Theatre with this selection of premieres and award-winning films.
Discover captivating stories from great cinematic storytellers. See prizewinners from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be known.
Discover a range of exciting and diverse films from 10 of Europe’s most promising women directors.
This year’s Sydney Film Festival International Documentary program demonstrates that documentaries continue to be the New Black of the cinematic world.
Share the excitement of the Festival with your whole family! The best family films from around the world will surprise and delight both the child inside and the child beside you.
A celebration of the way films about music and musicians make for some of the most compelling cinema created.
Jack White, T Bone Burnett and friends take an epic journey to the roots of American pop music, to reveal the untold story of how it was first recorded.
Australia’s master of film criticism presents a program of 10 essential classics by one of most influential directors of our time, presented at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Discover or revisit arthouse, genre and Hollywood cinema classics the way they were intended to be seen – on the big screen.
East Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns presents a selection of provocative indie films from Korea that deal with political scandals, social injustices, sexual deviances and, re-examined traditions.
This short season curated especially for Sydney Film Festival celebrates the high point of Irish cinema.
SFF is proud to continue our partnership with Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department. Two Indigenous directors premiering their latest productions in this year’s Festival.
The SFF sidebar dedicated to all things weird, wild and shocking will be out in force again this year.
Chosen from thousands of submissions, this selection includes award-winners, films competing at Cannes and some of the most compelling pieces of bite-sized cinema you’ll see all year.
Short animated gems from all around the world, curated for Sydney Film Festival by Malcolm Turner, Guest Programmer.
We bring you the announcement every cinephile in Sydney has been waiting for: NINE new titles fresh from Cannes, bringing the total number of Cannes titles in the program to 18
In 2016, Australian talent leads the way at Festival, both in front of and behind the camera. Starting with the world premiere of Goldstone on Opening Night and continuing with 7 features, 13 documentaries, 2 classics and 15 short films.
With 14 feature films and documentaries to choose from, queer cinema never looked quite so diverse at SFF. Here is our biggest ever program of films exploring LGBTIQ lives.
This year’s selection of Central and South American films includes a title straight from competition at Cannes screening in Official Competition at SFF, and two award-winners from Venice.
These three feature films from India include another Official Competition selection; and two international film festival favourites that use comedy to examine contemporary Indian society.
Venture deep into South African society with these three important features. Two of the directors – Oliver Hermanus, The Endless River and Charlie Vundla, Cuckold – will be here to introduce the Australian premieres of their work.
Three very different feature films, a powerful documentary and a fantastic family animation make up the Danish cinema contingent this year at SFF, continuing the long tradition of quality Danish cinema.
If you're hungry for more women's stories, you'll be delighted by the female-led films on offer. See documentaries about influencers and cultural icons, and feature films with strong, interesting female characters from all walks of life.
Once more, Sydney Film Festival engages audiences and inspires discussion about social justice and human rights issues with a program brimming with diverse human stories.
Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse range of talks with guest filmmakers and industry experts.
The multi-functioning Festival Hub at Town Hall combines everything you want from a festival bar with plenty of new and surprising ways to round out your total SFF experience.
Explore the new worlds emerging beyond cinema, where the bleeding edge of screen culture intersects with new technologies, techniques and artistic approaches.
The Apple Store Sydney once again hosts its free Meet the Filmmakers series, where you can learn from esteemed writers, directors, producers and actors.
Sydney Film Festival, with the support of Liverpool Council, will continue its monthly screening program at the stunning Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
For the second year, expect another diverse program of great Sydney Film Festival films at Dendy.
Sydney Film Festival returns to Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne for a fourth year, continuing to delight locals and visitors alike with screenings across all 12 days of the Festival.
One of Sydney's most well-equipped cinemas, Palace Norton Street is located in Leichhardt's vibrant entertainment district, and features eight licensed auditoria with luxurious stadium seating, a magnificent bar and lounge area.
Featuring a sleek and modern interior, the Verona screens a carefully considered program, encompassing the best in international cinema – whether it be art-house, quality commercial, documentary, or edgy independent filmmaking.
Join us at the iconic Skyline Drive In Blacktown on Friday 10 June at 7:30pm for the Australian Premiere of High-Rise.
Go inside art at iCinema’s 360-degree 3D cinematic theatre at UNSW from 8–18 June. Two interactive experimental films will have their world premiere at the Festival.
The following films have been classified by the Australian Classification Board, or deemed by the festival as appropriate for a younger audience. All other films are 18+ under Australian law.
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