The Official Competition celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017, marking a decade of awarding the Sydney Film Prize to each year’s most 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous' film. The competition is endorsed by FIAPF, the regulating body for international film festivals, and is judged by a jury of five international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. The $60,000 cash prize is presented at SFF’s Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 18 June.
The competition celebrates that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves the art form forward. Innovative, provocative and controversial, they broaden our understanding of the world and say important things in original ways. The previous winners of the Sydney Film Prize are: Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Knows (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).
The 2017 Official Competition award 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.