TEDxSydney Announces Film Program for 2015 featuring a host of promising Australian filmmakers


Annual Ideas festival, TEDxSydney has unveiled its 2015 Film program, giving Australians access to a wide variety of bold, thought-provoking and inspirational film debuts. You saw it here first!

One of the most celebrated TEDx events in the world, TEDxSydney will take place on Thursday, 21 May 2015 at the Sydney Opera House in front of an audience of more than 3,000 people.

Echoing this year’s curatorial theme of learning, the film program seeks to bring the audience on a different sort of journey, as it explores themes of transformation, ‘unlearning’ old ideas, and new perspectives on everyday ideas. This is the first time that Film is a standalone pillar.

TEDxSydney Film Curator, Melanie Horkan, said, “This year’s program will inspire wonder, delight and awe. Audiences will be transported to places they may not venture in their everyday lives. Hopefully some of the more provocative pieces will provide great talking points and some of the lighter pieces will make people laugh.”

The Cancer Curing Pole Dancer by Jamie Andrei, an intimate documentary of an Aussie life saving doctor by day and a pole dancer by night, is just one of a host of highly emotive, intimate and ground-breaking films that will challenge stereotypes and unlock new viewpoints. Selected filmmakers undertake new experiments and discoveries incorporating a range of techniques such as stop motion animation, live action illustration and photographic collage.

Horkan said, “We search for unique vision and bold ideas for the film program. This year has been really exciting to discover new talent; the calibre of short films is unprecedented. Many of the films are world premieres especially commissioned for TEDxSydney – a great platform for emerging filmmakers to build an audience. Last year the TEDxSydney YouTube channel had 8.9 million hits in the first month alone.”

Stay tuned for more information about the TEDxSydney program including the 2015 Performance line-up to be announced on 9 April. A youth-focused event – in partnership with the University of Sydney – will also be announced shortly.

For the entire film program and for more information, head to tedxsydney.com


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