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Sydney Film Festival

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

The Sydney Film Festival’s list of events includes showcasing feature films, arthouse films, documentaries and short films. Families will be excited to know that some have several children’s and family films.

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.


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  • Good afternoon.
    Has the Australian movie RUBY’s CHOICE, with Director Michael Budd been entered into Sydney Film Festival.

    kind regards,
    Sylvana Vandertouw

    • Hi Sylvana,

      I have reviewed the movie list at https://www.sff.org.au/program/a-z/?type=Film&type=Event, but I can’t see any reference to “Ruby’s Choice”.

      Be that submissions for the festival closed back at the end of March, I don’t think it will be part of the festival – that’s unless the organisers are staggering out the release of the movie titles (as i don’t believe there was this many movies when I looked a week ago).

      All I can suggest is to keep checking back on that link above to see if it has been added in the coming weeks.


What time is the Sydney Film Festival?
Please refer to the official event calender linked to above for move dates, times, and venues

Please note, all films start at the advertised time, with less than 5 minutes of advertisements. Please arrive early to guarantee your seat. Latecomers will be asked to wait before entering the cinema when a short film plays before a feature

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State Theatre Event Cinemas George Street Dendy Newtown Ritz Cinemas Randwick Hayden Orpheum Cremorne Palace Central Cinemas Art Gallery of New South Wales Palace Norton Street Casula Powerhouse Australian Museum Sydney Town Hall Korean Cultural Centre (KCC), Sydney, NSW

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