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. 

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

Drama and reality collide in this extraordinary portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave - a visually astonishing and highly stylised imagination of Cave's 20,000th day on Earth.

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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice

The winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale is a stylish film noir set in industrial northern China. A murder investigation involves a retired cop and a beautiful and mysterious woman.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

Richard Linklater's groundbreaking latest film was shot over 12 years, telling a family's story with rare authenticity and wonderful performances from Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and young Ellar Coltrane.

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Fell

Fell

A stunning debut, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama. A dreamlike tale of nature, revenge and redemption, it marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film scene.

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Fish & Cat

Fish & Cat

Coupling a phenomenal single-shot approach with a nightmarishly surreal story and a sick sense of humour, this unnerving Iranian film is a tribute to the slasher genre by way of David Lynch.

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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Controversial French author Michel Houellebecq plays himself in this smart, unsettling and hilarious farce in which he is kidnapped by a bunch of tough guys with literary aspirations.

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Featuring a heartbreaking central performance by Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim, Norwegian Wood), this is the haunting, whimsical story of a lonely Japanese woman determined to find the fortune from the film Fargo.

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Locke

Locke

Tom Hardy stars in this powerful minimalist drama, which takes place in real time, as a businessman who attempts to deal with a series of crises while driving with just a speakerphone to aid him.

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The Rover

The Rover

David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom is an uncompromising and dark thriller set in a dangerous near-future Australia and starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

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Ruin

Ruin

In the stunning follow up to Hail (SFF 2011), Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody deliver a visually breathtaking tale of two Cambodians, forced to flee the city and magnetically drawn together in love.

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Korean genre master Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers a spectacular sci-fi thriller with a political edge. The world has frozen over and humanity's only survivors live on a train that is strictly divided by class. Chris Evans leads a stellar cast.

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Straight from Cannes, the new film from the Dardenne brothers (Kid on a Bike) stars Marion Cotillard as a woman who has one weekend to convince her colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.

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