The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is one of the world’s oldest and longest-running film festivals and is a major occasion on the New South Wales cultural calendar, usually taking place between the 3rd and 14th June, in the city of Sydney, Australia, showcasing the best new films around the globe. The said films include short films, documentaries, feature films, animation, retrospectives, restorations and a whole lot more, all that are certain to keep you busy throughout the entire festival. More than 50 countries participate in this film fiesta with their extraordinary work, while the attendees get the chance to bask in the pleasant climate, that contributes to a better holiday and movie experience.
A Story of a Winter Night
This 60 year old film festival first opened on June 11, 1954, on a chilly winter’s night, having movies screened in 4 halls, offering tickets to 1200 public. Since then, it hasn’t had to look back; as of today, the 12-day film festival manages to achieve more than 110,000 attendees each year.
The films at the Sydney Film Festival are worth watching, as the festival selects the best movies from the thousands of entries they get every year, adding to their finest local produce. Moreover, the films are available in 47 different languages, made relatively easy to come and watch, as the film festival spans across the entire city of Sydney, with the movies being available at any of the following venues:
- State Theatre
- Sydney Film Festival Hub
- Dendy Opera Quay
- Art Gallery of NSW
- Apple Store
Sydney Glam and Glitz
The opening night of the Sydney Film Festival is all about the red-carpet and glamour, with celebrities and renowned filmmakers all over the place, probably causing female attendees to hyperventilate and swoon, in case the likes of Hugh Jackman arrive at the premises. Apart from displaying top-quality films, the Sydney Film Festival also hosts galas, talks, forums and after night parties; apparent enough, the entertainment provided seems to have no limits. Furthermore, SFF hosts a number of awards to encourage movie making for the young generation, including Dendy Awards for the Australian short films, the Documentary Australian Foundation Award, the International Official Competition, Sydney Film Prize and Audience Awards for Best fiction Feature and Documentary.
On 16th June, 2013, Australia celebrated the glamorous 60th anniversary of the Sydney Film Festival, wrapping it up with the Australian documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. Remaining consistent through six decades of tempestuous social and cultural history, the SFF reflects the amazing development of the Australian film industry, promising better progress in the near future.