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Dendy Awards

108 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Sydney Film Festival’s short film competition has launched the careers of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and other film creatives in its 54-year history.

The 10 finalists compete for four illustrious prizes: the Dendy Live Action Short Award and the Yoram Gross Animation Award (winners of these two awards are eligible for the Academy Awards); the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director; and the AFTRS Craft Award; and the inaugural Event Cinemas Rising Talent Award. All finalists screen together in two sessions with the filmmakers in attendance.

Limited seats are available for patrons requiring access for wheelchairs, low vision and hearing loop. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.

Films showing at this event:

Sat 15 June 3:00pm
Come aboard transport ship CF 80622 en route to Earth 2.0 and witness one maintenance robot's attempt to evade loneliness.
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
A mother-son relationship takes a strange turn when his addiction is discovered.
Bong Xi Fa Cai
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
Mary Chang, a 22-year-old slacker, accidently eats her housemate's weed cookie before a family Chinese New Year celebration.
Darwin Story
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
When her mother takes ill, a young woman abroad returns to Darwin. Is she ready to think differently about the place she calls home?
Die Bully Die
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
A surprise reunion with a high school bully in a fancy restaurant resurfaces unresolved trauma. Is revenge a dish best served cold?
The Disconnected
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
A Kurdish man disenchanted by Australia decides to go back to Türkiye – but first he needs money.
The Gay
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
Egos clash on set between the director and leading man, triggering a professional and personal crisis.
The Meaningless Daydreams of Augie & Celeste
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
Two best friends embark on a high-stakes game of imagination, which takes an unforeseeable turn and threatens to jeopardise their relationship.
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
With her partner behind the wheel, 21-year-old Dana decides to take control for the sake of her three-year-old daughter.
This Will Never Last
Sat 15 June 3:00pm
A mosaic illustration of a night out in Newtown.


Sat 15 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
Audio Description
Open Captioned
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Audio Description
Open Captioned
Past Event Cancel
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Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
Unclassified 18+
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