23 June 2020

*Sydney Film Festival Chair Deanne Weir, CEO Leigh Small and Festival Director Nashen Moodley said:

“As previously stated, the version of MUKBANG in the SFF Virtual Edition was changed on Friday 19 June, on the filmmakers’ request, to remove an image which may cause unintended triggers.  Sydney Film Festival respects the filmmakers’ request and concerns.

Sydney Film Festival supports the programming of MUKBANG in the 2020 virtual Edition; and subsequent award for Dendy Australian Short Film Award for Best Director.

Over the years, the Festival has presented a programme of films by a rich diversity of filmmakers from all over the world, reflecting and pro-actively supporting diversity and accessibility; specifically, in program streams such as First Nations, Screenability, Europe! Voices of Women in Film, and in pledging to the 5050×2020 charter.

The Festival also tries to bring together a diverse range of experience and voices to its juries, and will continue to improve in this regard.  Sydney Film Festival has a strong conviction that open, respectful dialogue and debate opens the way to systemic change.”


All awards will be announced at Sydney Film Festival’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 18 June.

Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Australian Documentary

This prize is supported by Documentary Australia Foundation with a $10,000 cash partnership acknowledging excellence in documentary production. Up to 10 films of any length are selected for the competition, and the jury will award the cash prize at SFF’s Virtual Awards Ceremony. Winners are Academy Award eligible.

2020 Winner: Descent

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

SFF’s prestigious Australian Short Film Awards were established in 1970 and have been sponsored by Dendy Cinemas since 1989. Members of the jury for the 2020 Awards include George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet), Bryan Brown (Australia; Palm Beach, SFF 2019) and Sophie Hyde (Animals, SFF 2019).

  • The Dendy Live Action Short Film Award, sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, provides a $7,000 cash prize to the best Australian short film. Winners are Academy Award eligible.
  • The Rouben Mamoulian Award, sponsored by Dendy Cinemas and named after the director who first presented the award in 1974, provides a $7,000 cash prize to the best Australian short film director.
  • The Yoram Gross Animation Award, sponsored by Sandra and Guy Gross in memory of the late Yoram Gross, provides a $5,000 cash prize to the best Australian animated short film. Winners are Academy Award eligible.


2020 Winner for Dendy Live Action Short: Idol

2020 Winner of Yoram Gross Animation Award: GNT

2020 Winner of Rouben Mamoulian Award: Mukbang*


Dinosaur Designs

All Sydney Film Festival Award winners are presented with the Festival’s signature mesmeric swirl award, designed and handmade in Sydney by our partners Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs.


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