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Official Competition

The 65th Sydney Film Festival awarded The Heiresses, the debut feature of Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi, the prestigious Sydney Film Prize, out of a selection of 12 Official Competition films.

In 2018 the Official Competition celebrated 11 years of awarding the Sydney Film Prize to each year’s most ‘audacious, cutting-edge and courageous’ film. The Official Competition celebrates that rare but thrilling film that truly moves the art form forward. Innovative, provocative or controversial, they broaden our understanding of the world and say important things in original ways.

The previous Sydney Film Prize winners are: On Body and Soul (2017); Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010);  Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).

2018 Official Competition Jury

Lynette Wallworth

Jury President, Australian artist and filmmaker

Bianca Balbuena

Filipino producer and writer

Chris Letcher

South African film composer and songwriter

Ewen Leslie

Australian actor Ewen Leslie (The Daughter, Official Competition SFF 2016)

Yoshi Yatabe

Programming Director, Tokyo Film Festival

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