June 8 – June 19, 2016
What’s It All About?
The Sydney International Film Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar. Aiming to celebrate courageous, audacious and cutting-edge cinema, the 12-day festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city.
In its 63rd edition, the festival will feature three free, immersive experiences in a sidebar titled Beyond Cinema, which will air from June 9 to 19. It looks forward to expanding the experience by presenting three new ways of creating and experiencing film, art and storytelling. The festival aims to encourage audiences to explore new worlds, new perspectives and new ways to enjoy film, from virtual reality, 360-degree 3D cinema, to a four-sided video art installation.
SIFF encourages and supports excellence in Australian filmmaking through various awards such as the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Australian Documentary and the long-running Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. Other awards given to films screening at the festival are the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award and the SFF’s people’s choice, the Foxtel Movies Audience Award.
The flagship category of the program Official Competition offers the Sydney Film Prize of $60,000 in cash, which is awarded by a jury of five Australian, international filmmakers and industry professionals to the winner among the 12 titles selected in the category
Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses has been shortlisted as the entry from India. The film tells the story of seven girls. It starts with Frieda, played by Sarah-Jane Dias, inviting her closest girlfriends to Goa to announce her wedding, which turns into a wild bachelorette party. The film is receiving accolades from around the world and has been sold to over 32 countries.
Watch Out For!
Directed by Ivan Sen, this outback thriller features Aaron Pedersen reprising his role as the troubled indigenous detective Jay Swan. The film revolves around a plot that takes Jay on the trail of a missing person in the small mining town of Goldstone. He is arrested by young local officer Josh (Alex Russell) for drunk driving. As Jay’s motel room is blasted with gunfire, he suspects something larger in play. Jay and Josh have to overcome their mutual distrust to uncover the truth.
Angry Indian Goddesses
A Copy of My Mind
The Devil’s Candy
Everybody Wants Some!!
Heart of a Dog
A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Morris From America
No Home Movie
Under The Shadow
Ants on a Shrimp
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Janis: Little Girl Blue