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Sydney Film Festival, June 8-24

crosslife2_film.jpgDJ’s, Films, Live Blues Performances, Hula Hoop lessons…The Sydney Film Festival has it all!
The Sydney Film Festival is New South Wales’ pre-eminent showcase for contemporary cinema from Australia and around the world. Established in 1954, Sydney Film Festival is a major cultural event on the city’s social calendar and one of the world’s longest running film festivals. Our festival patrons include Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann, Dr. George Miller, Phillip Noyce and Hugo Weaving, among the many whose careers have been launched at SFF screenings. We have been extending our reach to audiences in regional centres with the Travelling Film Festival since 1974.
From slick Korean gangster pics and broody Eastern European dramas; through new Chinese cinema and pulsating Latin American documentaries; to innovative Australian films and eye-opening work from the Middle East, the Sydney Film Festival’s program is broad, has depth, and is full of emotional power and resonance. We provide audiences from Sydney and New South Wales with an annual showcase of films that range from the audacious to the charming, and that illuminate the many cultures of our world.
Over 17 days in June, we will inspire, challenge and entertain upward of 125,000 patrons, with red carpet events, screenings, debates, online forums and content in at least three prominent Sydney venues (State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays, Greater Union George Street Cinemas) and through the internet and mobile platforms. In five years, our audience base has grown by 27% and we have expanded the number of venues and the duration of the event. We look forward to building on our successes in 2007.