The Sydney Film Prize is the pinnacle of the competitive awards at Sydney Film Festival each year, presented in recognition of the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge new cinema.
The Official Competition had its tenth anniversary in 2017, marking a decade of celebrating that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves the art form forward. Innovative, provocative and controversial, these films broaden our understanding of the world and say important things in original ways.
The 2017 Official Competition winner was awarded to On Body and Soul. Ildikó Enyedi's film came out triumphant over the other 11 films in the 10th anniversary Official Competition, and director and screenwriter Ildikó Enyedi was on hand at the Closing Night Gala to accept the Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 in cash.
The previous winners of the Sydney Film Prize are: Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008). To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sydney Film Festival's Official Competition, take a look back at the past winners, jury members and competition entrants.
Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America.
Aki Kaurismäki's new film is a funny and melancholic tale of the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a Helsinki restaurant-owner. Berlinale Silver Bear winner for Best Director.