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As I write this note, I can almost touch, smell
and taste the Sydney Film Festival. Turning my
mind to festivals past, we’ve come a long way.
Sydney Film Festival has entrenched its
position as an essential part of Sydney’s
festival calendar and one of the world’s great
film festivals – and I want to thank all of you
who’ve contributed to that success, and invite
you to celebrate your contribution.
Today Sydney Film Festival is such an
important and vibrant part of Sydney’s film
culture; supported and loved by so many
organisations and individuals, each as
committed as we are. What that means is we
can now create even bigger and better
partnerships and initiatives to enhance your
festival experience and invest in the future of
the Australian film industry; partnerships like
the Lexus Short Film Fellowship, which we
recently announced. It is the largest cash
fellowship for short films in Australia,
promising a new platform to support future
generations of emerging filmmakers.
We’re now presenting films in more than 10
venues: from the grand State Theatre in the
CBD, to the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Cremorne, to Casula Powerhouse in
The New South Wales Government, through
Screen NSW and Destination NSW, is a proud
and generous supporter of Sydney Film
Festival – for which we are continually grateful.
Thanks also to the City of Sydney and the
Federal Government through Screen Australia
for their ongoing support. It’s not possible to
single out our many other partners and
supporters, but they are recognised throughout
There is something unique and intimate about
enjoying film as part of the Festival community,
and I invite you to do just that for 12 days from
8 June 2016. I look forward to seeing you all
at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.
My fifth year as Festival Director is the
festival’s 63rd, with a theme very close to my
heart. Six simple words: change your view,
change your world. They describe the
remarkable way that changing your frame of
reference can alter your entire reality. I believe
films can do this more effectively than any
The immersive quality of cinema,
simultaneously engaging so many of our
senses, makes other lives, other worlds, other
places compellingly real, whether fact or
fiction. This allows you to change your view,
seeing the world anew again.
Over the past few years, the power of film to
cause real change has been demonstrated
over and over. From Blackfish to Gayby Baby,
documentaries may be the obvious candidates,
but features do it too. Last Cab to Darwin ’s
plea for the right to die with dignity resonated
with audiences last year and has helped move
that debate along.
One film’s title from last year asked How to
Change the World. My short answer would be
“make a film”. I look forward to your
discovery of this year’s life, nation and
Some of the hundreds of new views to be
found in these pages include national
perspectives in ‘Irish Cinema: From Rebels to
New Romantics’ and ‘Korea on the Verge:
Social Faultlines in Korean Cinema’ to broader
programs including ‘European Cinema: 10
Women Filmmakers to Watch’. We will also
change your view of the future of screen
culture through our new free virtual reality and
iCinema experiences. With changed
classification rules this year we can make
more films accessible to younger audiences,
and a larger youth program means Sydney
Film Festival’s appeal is broader than ever.
So read on, plan your festival journey, book
now and I’ll see you there!
tHE HoN. tRoY GRANt mP
MINISTER FOR JuSTICE AND POLICE
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MINISTER FOR RACING
A night out with friends, family time or date
night – who doesn’t love the movies? And
don’t worry if you’re single: at the Sydney Film
Festival, the city is your date!
The NSW film industry continues to burn
brightly; our state is the leader in the
Australian film industry, with Sydney Film
Festival, coinciding with VIVID, the shining star
in the city’s winter calendar. The Festival
entices thousands of film lovers and
filmmakers from the across the state each
year, and I am proud of the NSW Government’s
continued support of this fabulous event.
NSW is a prize destination for filmmakers, and
Sydney is a city brimming with talent and
creativity. This hub of passion for film has
cemented Sydney’s status as one of eight
uNESCO Cities of Film around the world. This
year will mark the awarding of the inaugural
uNESCO Sydney City of Film Award.
Awarded by Screen NSW, the prize
recognises an outstanding NSW-based
screen practitioner, a trailblazer whose work
stands for innovation and imagination and
achieves extraordinary impact.
Sydney Film Festival is the perfect platform to
showcase Australian stories, told through
the many Australian films screening at the
Regional NSW will also share in the spoils, with
the Travelling Film Festival (TFF) screening
some of the best in film fresh from the Festival.
TFF will tour to eight destinations in NSW this
year, including ulladulla, Tamworth, Port
Macquarie and Wagga Wagga – the place so
nice they named it twice.
Sydney Film Festival is a festival for all of us;
it’s my festival, it’s your festival. So let’s go to
the movies. The state’s capital is here for your
viewing pleasure at what I am sure will be an
unforgettable Sydney Film Festival.
LORD MAyOR OF SyDNEy
On behalf of the City of Sydney, I am proud to
welcome everyone to the 2016 Sydney Film
Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s
longest-running film festivals and a major
event on Sydney’s cultural calendar. This year’s
line-up has something for everyone and is sure
to captivate. Over 12 days, the Festival will
show a range of feature films, documentaries,
short films and animations from around the
world. A highlight is David Stratton’s ‘Essential
Scorsese’ retrospective. Audiences will be
spellbound by selections including Janis: Little
Girl Blue, a documentary on iconic rocker Janis
Joplin and Francofonia, Alexander Sokurov’s
follow-up to the masterpiece Russian Ark.
There will also be an expanded Family Films
program for Sydney’s many young film fans
and their parents.
I am delighted that the Sydney Festival Hub,
including the Herman Miller Lounge, will return
to Lower Town Hall. This year, the Hub will also
present a Sydney Contemporary moving image
exhibition as well as a virtual reality showcase.
The City’s libraries will contribute to the Festival
atmosphere by hosting a series of talks during
the Festival and throughout the year.
Sydney has an impressive history as a city of
film, and the City of Sydney is a proud
supporter of Sydney Film Festival. Events like
the Festival ensure that Sydney continues to
be culturally relevant, dynamic and productive,
locally and internationally. The Festival also
showcases some of Sydney’s most iconic and
beautiful buildings, including the State Theatre,
Dendy Opera Quays, and the Art Gallery of
NSW. The Festival’s big screen will take pride
of place in Pitt Street Mall for the first time,
showcasing films from the National Film and
Sound Archive, as well as animations
curated by Malcolm Turner, trailers and red
I look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
sYDNEY FILm FEstIVAL 2016
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