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We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

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The world’s best new films come to Sydney in cinema and online this year for 19 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Join us and be among the first in Australia to see the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer.

Sydney Film Festival takes place at our flagship venue the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Western Sydney and more, screening films you won’t usually find in the multiplex. 12 films are selected for the Official Competition, which celebrates “courageous, audacious and cutting-edge” cinema with a $60,000 cash prize. Sydney Film Festival also presents seven other cash awards over the course of the festival. 

Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund (an Australian Government initiative). The festival’s Principal Local Government Partner is the City of Sydney. We also run the Travelling Film Festival year-round, taking the best of international and Australian cinema to 22 regional centres around the country.

The 2021 Festival will take place in COVID-19-safe conditions 3-14 November. More information will be made available when the program launch is announced.

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Gillian Armstrong AM, Cate Blanchett AC, Bryan Brown AM, Jane Campion, Jan Chapman AO, Nicole Kidman AC, Baz Luhrmann, Dr George Miller AO, Sam Neill DCNZM OBE, Phillip Noyce, Rachel Ward AM, Hugo Weaving AO

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