Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse range of talks with guest filmmakers and industry experts. Our highly successful series at the Apple Store is now in its fourth year. The venerable Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture is back with past Lecture host David Stratton himself the subject; and debates and events return to the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall.

Panel: Diving down the VR Rabbit Hole

Meet the virtual reality experts and sample their work at this free panel for creatives, industry professionals and anyone curious about immersive storytelling.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Not So Black and White

The Festival’s animation programmer, Malcolm Turner, will present an overview of the indie and alternative black and white animation scene.

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture 2016: David Stratton

David Stratton – who has interviewed prominent figures in film over the years as part of the Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture – is himself the subject of this year's lecture.

Meet the Filmmakers: Ivan Sen & David Jowsey (Goldstone)

Filmmaker Ivan Sen and producer David Jowsey return to the Meet the Filmmaker seat to discuss their latest collaboration, Goldstone.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: AFTRS Black Talk – A Double Bill; Indigeneity and Australian Screen Storytelling

Two panels showcasing leading creative voices, prominent Indigenous auteurs and filmmakers discussing their craft and storytelling approach.

Meet the Filmmakers: Lee Tamahori, Temuera Morrison & Akuhata Keefe (Mahana)

Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) will discuss his return to New Zealand, after 20 years in Hollywood, to realise this moving family drama.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Meet the Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The Academy Award-winning director will discuss her experiences as a woman filmmaker in Pakistan. Hosted by Macquarie University’s Kathryn Millard.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: The Boys Reunion

After the screening of Robert Connolly’s newly restored The Boys, hear how this celebrated production informed the careers of the creative team behind it.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Human Rights Watch

After the screening of Sonita, director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami will join Human Rights Watch researcher Amhad Shuja to discuss her film in detail.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Are Films Really Worth Keeping?

Following the screening of A Flickering Truth, join director Pietra Brettkelly, NFSA’s Gayle Lake and Golden Age’s Kate Jinx as they examine the cultural value of film as part of our heritage.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Mel Gibson In Conversation with Garry Maddox

Actor and director Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) discusses his role in the Cannes selected film Blood Father and his latest directorial offering Hacksaw Ridge.

Vivid Ideas & SFF Present: Korea on the Verge: Social Faultlines in Korean Cinema – Tony Rayns

Renowned filmmaker, critic and festival programmer Tony Rayns takes us on a journey through provocative Korean indie cinema.

Meet the Filmmakers: Morgan Neville (The Music of Strangers)

Academy Award-winning documentarian Morgan Neville talks in depth about making movies about music and musicians throughout his career.

Meet the Filmmakers: Peter Middleton (Notes on Blindness)

Director Peter Middleton’s talk will focus on his innovative process of re-creating the thoughts and observations of John Hull, the late writer and theologian.