Official Competition

The Official Competition awards the prestigious 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: The Heiresses (2018); 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).

2019 Official Competition Winner: Parasite

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John Maynard, Australian producer and arts director
Ana Kokkinos, Australian writer and director (Blessed, SFF 2019)
Gaylene Preston, award-winning New Zealand filmmaker
Wagner Moura, Brazilian actor and director (Marighella, SFF 2019)
Ritu Sarin, Indian filmmaker and multimedia artist
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