Sydney Film Announces New Family Program

01 May 2015

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces a new expanded program of family-friendly cinema, with weekend daytime sessions, to suit families and children of all ages. The films will be screened at the Festival in June, and have been selected from the best Australian and international festival quality cinema.

The inaugural program includes four feature-length films: the Oscar nominated Irish animation Song of the Sea; Indian live-action adventure The Crow’s Egg; the new Australian documentary, Gayby Baby; and Wide Open Sky, an uplifting documentary about an Australian outback Choir. Also screening at the Festival is Kids Animation Showcase with work from around the world, for ages 3 and above.

Tickets to the family program go on sale Tuesday 28 April via or 1300 733 733.

"Sydney Film Festival’s expanded family program is tailor-made and programmed with a range of styles and genres," said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. "The Festival aims to ignite a love of film in audiences both young and old, for a unique experience to be shared together."

"From the Oscar nominated Song of the Sea; to the charming and funny story of two slum-dwelling children’s adventure to try a slice of pizza in The Crow’s Egg; to growing up with same-sex parents, told from the child’s point of view in Gayby Baby; a diverse and intelligent family program is assured," he said.

The SFF 2015 family program includes:

A selection of animated short films chosen for a discerning young audience. Expect lots of clever animals, plenty of laughs and the odd scary moment for good measure! Suitable for children aged 3- 8 years.

Director: Maya Newell | Australia | 85mins | In English
Kids raised by same-sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide. This intimate, humorous doco offers a refreshingly frank picture of the Gayby-Boom we seem to be experiencing in the midst of the marriage equality debate.
Suitable for children aged 6+ years.

Director: Tomm Moore | Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Denmark | 90mins | In English
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars, this magical treat for families, inspired by Celtic legend, is chock-full of glorious hand-drawn imagery, captivating critters and lilting Gaelic music. Suitable for children aged 6+ years.

Director: M. Manikandan| India | 99mins | In Tamil 
Dubbed the new Slumdog Millionaire, this is a funny, charming South Indian tale of two mischievous, resourceful brothers from a Chennai slum who become determined to taste pizza for the very first time.
Suitable for children aged 8+ years.

Director: Lisa Nicol | Australia | 79mins | In English 
This heart-warming doco about childhood, creativity and community chronicles the journey of an outback Australian children’s choir from auditions to their end-of-year concert and all the trials they face along the way.
Suitable for children aged 6+ years.