Program

Opening Night

Opening Night

Come celebrate the 61st Sydney Film Festival in style, as the Opening Night Gala returns to the magnificent State Theatre on Wednesday 4 June 2014 with a screening of 20,000 Days on Earth. Experience the red-carpet glamour of one of Australia's premiere film events in one of its most beautiful venues.

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Closing Night

Closing Night

Bid a fond farewell to the 61st annual Sydney Film Festival at an exciting evening filled with acclaim, applause and awards. Join us at the State Theatre as we call it a wrap and celebrate the finale of another fantastic festival.

Before the screening of the SFF 2014 Closing Night film, What We Do in the Shadows, be part of SFF's awards ceremony, honouring the winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award.

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Official Competition

Official Competition

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 cinematic creations from around the world. The Official Competition celebrates that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves the art form forward. Innovative, provocative or controversial, these films broaden our understanding of the world and say important things in original ways. 

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Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary

Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary

SFF is honoured to introduce the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary. Australian factual-film makers tackle the past, the contentious and the little-known. Documentary Australia Foundation steps up to support this prestigious competition, now in its sixth year.

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Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

The 2014 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, a competition now in its 45th year, sees 10 films compete for three illustrious prizes: the Dendy Live Action Short Award, the Yoram Gross Animation Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director.

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Special Presentations at the State

Special Presentations at the State

The ultimate Sydney Film Festival experience is to lose yourself in a movie in the magnificent State Theatre. The opulence of the historic 'Palace of Dreams' will add to your enjoyment of this special selection of premieres, award winners and films gathering a global buzz for delivering guaranteed moviegoing satisfaction. 

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Special Screenings

Special Screenings

These six late additions to our program are special screenings of important new titles coming straight from the Cannes Film Festival for their Australian Premieres.

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Features

Features

Discover a treasure trove of captivating stories from great cinematic storytellers. This section brings together the best examples of this artform, showcasing prizewinners from the world's most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be better known. These are films that are political, sexy, funny and poetic; films that are engaging, thought-provoking, moving and entertaining. They are films that provide a window on international cinema today - and on the evidence of the work gathered here, contemporary cinema is as vibrant, rich and diverse as ever.
 
 

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International Documentaries

International Documentaries

The border between fact and fiction is proving to be fertile ground for today's filmmakers. The line between dramas and documentaries has blurred, and new tags such as hybrid documentaries and neo-realist features have emerged. Whatever you call them, these films are innovative, dynamic and make for fascinating viewing. We're also screening award winners and audience favourites from overseas, films on social issues, art and sport - in truth, something for every doco lover for sure.

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Sounds on Screen

Sounds on Screen

A popular SFF program for many years now, Sounds on Screen celebrates the way films about music and musicians make for some of the most compelling cinema created. Here you'll find rock legends, pop heroes and unsung maestros from all walks of life. Tune in, turn on and tap your feet to the stunning soundtracks of these engrossing stories. 

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Altman on Altman

Altman on Altman

When Robert Altman was granted an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement at the 2006 Academy Awards eight months before his passing, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin introduced him as "a man who didn't play by the rules or stick to the script." Presented by Altman's eldest son, Michael Altman, this selection of classics - both the hits and lesser-known titles - celebrates his idiosyncratic career and cinematic genius.

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Guest Programmer: Richard Moore

 

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Classics Restored

Classics Restored

Discover or revisit cinema classics, whether you've never seen a Satyajit Ray film or you were in the audience when the festival first screened Charulata  in 1966. This quartet of films crosses three continents and three decades. Take your pick, arthouse, genre or Hollywood? Don't miss this chance to see the biggest films on the big screen.

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James Benning: An Outsider Visionary

James Benning: An Outsider Visionary

James Benning is little known in mainstream film culture, but hugely important to a small but discerning group of curators, critics, academics, and fellow artists from all over the world. Operating entirely by himself, with minimal budgets, he uses straightforward observational techniques to document and at the same time reconfigure and comment on distinctively American landscapes, objects, and people.

Guest programmer: Gabe Klinger

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Salute to Studio Ghibli

Salute to Studio Ghibli

When Studio Ghibli was started in 1985, co-founding directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, along with producer Toshio Suzuki, wanted to bring a breath of fresh air to Japanese animation. Instead of the fast-moving anime of the time, Miyazaki was inspired by classic Japanese filmmakers like Ozu and Mizoguchi; while Takahata looked to Italian neo-realism and the French new Wave. Since then, the Studio has produced almost 20 features. The two retrospective titles here, one from each of the founders, were both released in 1988. Twenty-seven years later, another pair of films by these maestros nearing the end of their careers was in simultaneous production: Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

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China: Rebels, Ghosts and Romantics

China: Rebels, Ghosts and Romantics

China continues to be one of the most compulsively fascinating countries on the planet: it's not an exaggeration to suggest that China's future may very well be our future. Chinese movies lay out spellbinding ways to try to grasp that country's complexities, its unfathomable beauty and its ongoing problems.

Guest Programmer: Shelly Kraicer

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Freak Me Out

Freak Me Out

Dedicated to horror, fantasy, shock, schlock and extreme arthouse cinema, Freak Me Out brings a decidedly demented dimension to your SFF experience. Good behaviour is the last thing to expect from the rogues' gallery waiting to thrill, chill and confront you.

Guest Programmer: Richard Kuipers

 

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Short Films

Short Films

Our line-up of short films, which screen before features throughout the Festival, are often funny, sometimes shocking and occasionally heartbreaking. It's a lot to pack into a few minutes, so arrive early - these cinematic appetisers deserve your full viewing attention.

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Gourmet Cinema

Gourmet Cinema

Sydney Film Festival's Gourmet Cinema events bring together the finest food from two of Sydney's chef's-hat-winning restaurants (from the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards 2014) with two excellent examples of world cinema. Combined, they create an entire evening's entertainment that is designed to satisfy all of your senses.

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Screen: Black

Screen: Black

Two Indigenous female directors, Darlene Johnson and Rachel Perkins, present World Premieres of their latest productions at this year's SFF. Both films reflect on the past and its imact on the present. Sydney Film Festival is proud to continue our partnership with Screen Australia's Indigenous Department. This relationship also encompasses our Travelling Film Festival, which tours to regional centres across New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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SFF @ Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne

SFF @ Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne

For our second year back across the Bridge on Sydney's North Shore, SFF expands its presence at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne with screenings throughout all 12 days of the Festival. Add on great SFF Dining Delights specials at Minskys Hotel or the Wooden Spoon,  and your opulent Art Deco cinema experience becomes an entire evening's entertainment. 

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Family

Family

SFF presents a special screening of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy - fresh from its premiere at Cannes - bringing back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later.

Cate Blanchett (voice of Valka) will introduce the film. Tickets to this event are strictly limited - don't miss out!

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The Box Set

The Box Set

Cinematic television continues to thrive around the world, bringing some of cinema's great directors and feature-film production values to home viewers. The best of these can hold their own by any measure, with audiences devouring them in broadcast, download and DVD formats. Here are two world-class examples of small-screen stories of such quality they deserve to be seen on the big screen. 

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