Youth at SFF

There's heaps for young people to see and do at SFF 2018.

If you're aged between 15 and 24, we've got you covered. There are discounted ticket packs for Festival fans aged 15–24.

Plus high school and university screening sessions, and mentorship programs for aspiring film critics.

Youth Pass 6
Cheap tickets for 15-24 year olds

Highlights of the films

SFF 2018 is stacked with films rated 15+, and film fans under 15 can attend films rated 15+ with a parent or guardian. Catch everything from supernatural New Zealand thriller The Changeover to Iranian drama Dressage, about social class and hypocrisy, plus a stack of documentaries and feature films, from action-thriller Beirut starring Jon Hamm to indie-rock romance Juliet, Naked and beyond. Look out for the 15+ classification in the program guide and web listings.


Sydney Film Festival is also partnered with Playwave, a membership platform for teens aged 15 to 19 that gets you access to cheap tickets for the cinema, theatre, dance and more. Find out more at

Film in Revolt

Sydney Film Festival is partnered with Film in Revolt, a platform for youth who want to talk film, make film and write for/about film. The mentorship program helps young writers and filmmakers to review films, interview filmmakers and get practical advice from the experts themselves. Find out more at

Screen Day Out

SFF’s secondary education program Screen Day Out offers special sessions for high school groups: get $10 tickets for every student and see a Festival film introduced by a filmmaker or special guest with a Q&A after. There’s also a competition for aspiring film critics – review a Screen Day Out film and you could win tickets from Event Cinemas and a Flexipass 10 for SFF 2019. More at the Screen Day Out page.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney has partnered with Sydney Film Festival to present this year’s Freak Me Out program, our sidebar dedicated to everything bizarre, from the truly out-there arthouse fare through to pulp slashers, psychological thrillers and spinetingling scream fests. The University of Sydney also presents a Meet the Filmmakers talk at Dendy Newtown moderated by Freak Me Out programmer Richard Kuipers, ahead of the screening of Ant Timpson’s new film The Field Guide to Evil.


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