Sydney Film Festival
Which films to see at the Sydney Film Festival?
It all happens from Wednesday, 8th June to Sunday, 19th June 2016
The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is one of the longest running film festivals in the world. The SFF focuses on the best new films around including short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles. As well as top quality movies the festival hosts red carpet galas, talks and forums.
Which films to see?
What films to see at the Sydney Film Festival? The festival selects from a large range of entries, so in theory at least, it should all be worth seeing. The trick is to read through the program and pick out the ones that sound interesting. Be aware that the festival aims to push the boundaries, so hold on to your seat.
Film Program 2016? – Yet to be announced
Where can you see a movie?
- The State Theatre
- The Hub at Sydney Town Hall (see below)
- Event Cinemas, George Street
- The Apple Store
- Dendy, Opera Quays
- Art Gallery of NSW
- The Martin Place Amphitheatre
- Hayden Cremorne Orpheum
SFF Hub at Lower Town Hall
The Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall is providing free entry to a whole range of events as long as you are over 18. There will be something happening almost every day of the SFF. Expected events and happenings include talks “by experts” and “program gurus”, parties, free live music, performances, DJs and screenings. The Hub will even have its own bar. So what you save on tickets (see below) you can spend on having a drink.
The Hub Ticketing Bar – $10 tickets
Another reason to go is the Hub Ticketing Bar. The Ticketing Bar is the only place you will find $10 tickets (with no booking fee) to selected next day film screenings.
Top things to do during the Festival
It is probably not possible to spend all 12 days, and all 12 nights, watching movies. Probably…so you may want to do something else as well. We suggest you visit the list of the Top things to do and/or check out what else is happening in June.
The SFF hosts a number of awards to encourage the making of great movies including the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films (winners of the Live Action and Animation Awards are eligible for an Academy Award) and, of course, the Official Competition.
Who will win the competition?
The Official Competition has been established to reward new directions in film. The SFF is looking for films that are “cutting edge and courageous” with “emotional power and resonance”. The comp comprises of 12 films. If you feel any of these movies is taking you “beyond the usual treatment of a subject matter” you could be watching the winner.
SFF Audience Award?
The SFF used to want you, the filmgoer, to be involved through its Audience Award. Unfortunately it seems to have been dropped this year, but that could just be an oversight. If it is still happening, you will be asked to rate the competition films from a scale of 1 to 5. The results are added up and announced at the end of the festival.
Who will be there?
The festival has an appeal for dedicated film buffs to busy film fans eager to catch the latest movie before its Australian release, but most people just go to watch some decent movies. The festival also attracts international movie stars and celebrities. If you are really keen you can look forward to a number of free talks and forums.
Warning – Unclassified films mean you have to be at least 18 years of age
The festival is for everyone over 18. Unfortunately, most films at the festival are unclassified and are restricted to adults aged 18 years and over. If you 17 or younger please check the classification of films before you purchase your ticket.
Opening Night, Wednesday 10th June
The Opening Night is all red-carpet and glamour at the magnificent State Theatre. There is even an after party to celebrate the kick-off of SFF 2016 in style. Tickets are limited, see link below.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased through the SFF’s online ticketing system (see link at the end of this page) or at the venue’s box office during the festival.
A FlexiPass allows you to see a variety of films at any of the festival’s venues (excluding gala events). A FlexiPass allows you to purchase a group of tickets in advance (10 for $145, 20 for $270 or 30 for $360). A maximum of 4 tickets can be redeemed against one film per pass.
Single ticket prices for the 2016 festival depend upon what movie you intend to see and where you intend to see it. There are also special prices for movie combinations.
Ticket Transaction or Booking Fee
For all of the above you must pay the dreaded booking fee of $2.50 to $7.00!