Awards and Jury

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

Sydney Film Festival Official Competition

12 of the year's best international films compete for the $60,000 cash Sydney Film Prize, awarded by an industry jury to 2018's most 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous' film.

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Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, Presented By Sydney Film Festival

20 emerging filmmakers compete for the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia. An industry jury selects up to four filmmakers – the winning Fellows receive a $50,000 grant to complete their project.

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Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary

Up to 10 new Australian films compete for a $10,000 cash prize acknowledging excellence in documentary production, supported by the Documentary Australia Foundation.

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The Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Award

Create NSW awards a $10,000 cash prize to a trailblazing NSW-based screen practitioner whose work stands for innovation, imagination and high impact.

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Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Three cash prizes are awarded for excellence in direction, live action short film and animation. The competition has launched the careers of many local directors, writers, producers, and other film creatives.

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Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award

The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award awards a $5,000 cash prize for the best short screenwriting.

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