The Sydney Film Festival is one of the most popular events in Sydney and is held over two weeks in June every year.
As the name suggests, the Sydney Film Festival is all about celebrating local and international films with 12 days of premieres, talks and events.
Sydney Film Festival 2024 Dates, Tickets, Program & Movie Highlights
This festival is celebrated all across the city, with films shown in various venues all across the CBD. Some more popular venues include the State Theatre and cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne and Western Sydney.
The Sydney Film Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall is the heart of the Festival. Drop by between films to enjoy a bite to eat and a drink at the Bar from one of SFF’s beverage partners.
Celebrate your love of cinema and extend your movie moment with filmmaker talks, panels and themed parties.
As well as presenting the best filmmaking from around the world, Sydney Film Festival celebrates the remarkable talents of emerging and esteemed filmmakers by presenting nine illustrious awards – and a record-breaking prize pool of more than $160,000.
The Sydney Film Prize is awarded to the most “audacious, cutting-edge and courageous” film in the Official Competition line-up. FIAPF, the regulating body for international film festivals, endorses the competition. It is judged by a jury of filmmakers and industry professionals, who award the winning filmmaker a $60,000 cash prize.
The GIO Audience Awards for Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Documentary, Best Australian Narrative Feature and Best Australian Documentary are announced after the Festival.
Rate the feature-length films you see, and you could win the chance to host your private screening of an Audience Award-winning film, courtesy of GIO, or other fantastic prizes from Crumpler, SFF cinema venues and restaurant partners.
Tickets can be purchased for individual events/shows, or you can buy a Flexi Pass, which gives you access to 10, 20 or 30 shows. There is also an Opening Night Film and Gala and a Closing Night Gala at the State Theatre.