The Sydney Film Festival opens up submissions for their 2017 program

Nascent filmmakers looking to launch their careers in the same way as Australian film luminaries Chris Noonan (Babe), Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge) and Jack Thompson (The Man From Snowy River) will have their opportunity as the Sydney Films Festival has begun taking submissions for their 2017 program.

The 2017 Sydney Film Festival will take place from the 7th-18th of June and will add to its impressive history with another year of celebrating local and international film. The festival screened over 250 films to audiences reaching almost 180,000 last year and will hope to continue growing into the new year.

Next year’s festival will celebrate 47 years of the Sydney Film Festival Australian short film competition, which has become the oldest short film competition in the nation. The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the DAF Australian Documentary competition are also open exclusively to Australian films and budding auteurs are encouraged to submit their cinematic works regardless of genre of style.

The Festival has long served as a springboard for Australian film figures including Phil Noyce, Jane Campion, Rolf de Heer, Alex Proyas and George Miller. Entries will be open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes) in all categories of the Festival program, including:

  • The Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) Award for Australian Documentary (cash prize $15,000). The prize is supported by Documentary Australia Foundation with a $10,000 cash partnership and an additional donation of $5,000 from a Sydney Film Festival Director’s Cut Patron.
  • The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Live Action Award and Best Director (the Rouben Mamoulian Award) – both winners receive cash prizes of $5000 sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, who have supported the Awards for 28 years. The winner of the Live Action Award is eligible for Academy Award consideration.
  • The Yoram Gross Animation Award, named in memory of the Australian animation producer and director Yoram Gross, provides a $5000 cash prize to the best Australian animated short film. Winners are Academy Award-eligible.
  • The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award (cash prize $5,000).

Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife and will close on Friday February 24, 2017. There is an associated small fee for applying and festival organisers encourage prospective entrants to read the submission requirements closely to ensure that their entries meet premiere status and eligibility requirements.

Head to: for full eligibility criteria and submission details.

DEADLINE: Friday 24 February 2017




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