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SYDNEY WORLD
Film Festival

An important update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sydney World Film Festival will not be able to take place
as scheduled between 14th - 19th April.
Our screening location Palace Cinemas has reviewed the advice from
the Australian Government from Wednesday March 18th, regarding
non-essential services and public gatherings, as well as examined
safety concerns for patrons and staff. From this review the very
difficult decision was made to temporarily close all Palace Cinema
locations from Thursday 19th March for an indefinite period to protect
both staff and patrons, a decision fully supported by all of us
from the Sydney World Film Festival team.
We are currently looking for new dates for this edition of the SWFF,
when the health and safety of our festival's guests can once again be guaranteed.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused and we thank you for understanding.
We wish you and your dear ones good health in these uncertain times!

SCREENING SCHEDULE
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Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, John Cassavetes, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola are just a few names of established filmmakers who blew up on the indie scene. True artists who focus on the art of filmmaking rather than on the box office.


The Sydney World Film Festival aims to introduce exactly these type of quality, non-mainstream films from global filmmakers as well as local talent. Previous highlights include filmmakers such as Marina Stepanska, Sona Moghaddam, Dimitris Katsimiris, Luca Leoni, Yoav Tal, Asa Eitan, Or Kan Tor, Pia Lauritz, Lemuel Lorca, Juan Sebastián Martínez Mora, Zheng Laizhi, Abbas Sendi, Rosa Von Praunheim, Elvis Lu, Latifa Said, Lourdes Sandoval, Vladimir Beldian, Sugandha Garg, Tamara Vittoz, Lucia Lalor, André Marques, Cristina Lladosa, Joaquín Vallet, Levente Kölcsey, Christian Calon, Darko Vukić, Vojtěch Domlátil, Magda Fernandez, and more!

The Sydney World Film Festival was launched in 2015 as an online film festival. The online environment and the technology that made it possible was critical to the success of myriad filmmakers whose works would probably never have been screened at conventional festivals. Having a film selected at the estival was about industry prestige since the format only allowed private screenings for an international jury. In 2018, this distinguished festival entered a new era with its first brick-and-mortar event. Free and open to the public for the first time, this allowed filmmakers to witness the impact of their films on a live audience.


Inspired by the grand screening rooms of the past and born of today’s interconnected world, the Sydney World Film Festival has succeeded in finding its unique voice within the already bustling film festival scene in Australia's largest city. It attracts young independent filmmakers not only for its selection of films, but also for the informal drinks held after each screening, providing a perfect networking opportunity.

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Recognising the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, SWFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Sydney World Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.


The Sydney World Film Festival 2020 will take place at the Palace Central cinema, from Tuesday April 14 to Sunday April 19.

2020 Screening Schedule
and official selection

Entry is FREE.

Screenings take place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008).
All films are English spoken or English subtitled. Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

Tuesday, April 14 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7
Wednesday, April 15 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7
Thursday, April 16 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7
Friday, April 17 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7
Saturday, April 18 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7
Sunday, April 19 // 7-9PM // Palace Central, Cinema 7

Screening Schedule
Tuesday, April 14 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled. Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

Fluorescent (Israel)

by Avner Pinchover

A fluorescent bulb is shot from a cannon at high speed against a wall. At 3000 frames per second and in its last moment, it can finally shed its inner light.
Duration: 00:02:09

Blank Canvas (United States)

by Alisa Traskunov

Solo experimental dance piece. A white space. Suddenly, powdered paint. A dancer shifts a colourless world to a world full of colours through movement and music.
Duration: 00:03:57

Flood (Germany)

by Malte Stein

A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town. At last there´s a good reason to keep the son at home. But in isolation, nightmarish associations start to mix with reality. Duration: 00:09:55

Mentally Al (United States)

by Joshua Edelman

A character study of “the funniest comedian you’ve never heard of,” and an exploration of how we define artistic success. Al Lubel, a former Star Search grand champion, struggles to get by, perpetually broke and sleeping on friends' couches, as he continues to pursue his artistic dreams into his sixties.
Duration: 01:32:25

Screening Schedule
Wednesday, April 15 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled.Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

Rhizoma (Belgium)

by Santiago Pérez Rodríguez

Hounds and transmission towers. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.
Duration: 00:03:00

A Prince Is Not Respected In His Hometown (U.S.)

by Bryan Sih

A black man mutters to himself on an overpass, causing passerbys concern. Harmful stereotype or well-rehearsed monologue? Ben grapples with being typecast while embracing his roots as a Nigerian immigrant. His search for an authentic identity comes to a head when a friend gives unsolicited advice for his next audition.
Duration: 00:09:15

Things We Don't Talk About (Norway)

by Dan Johan Filip Svensson

After surviving a car accident, 13 y.o. Edvin isolates himself from friends and family. When his father forces him to go to rehabilitation, he can no longer avoid dealing with his trauma. Duration: 00:18:11

Tattoo (Iran)

by Farhad Delaram

An Iranian woman wants to renew her driver's license, but is subjected to an examination when the officials notice a scar and tattoo. Suddenly trapped, she's forced to answer personal questions, exposed to insinuations. Duration: 00:15:00

My Father (Australia)

by Yanina Salerno

Documentary. Daniela C lost her father to suicide when she was 14 years old. This thought-provoking personal story on screen looks at the daunting effects of suicide on a young person and how these implications transfer through to adulthood.
Duration: 00:07:07

Midnight Ramblers (France)

by Julian Ballester

Documentary. Night after night, five friends wander through the alleys of Montreal. All drug users, they support each other.
Duration: 00:57:00

Screening Schedule
Thursday, April 16 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled.Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

Tell Me Your Secrets (Japan)

by Junichi Kagami

Music video. Fashion requires not only hair and makeup and costumes, but also dance, masks, and music to stimulate the mind.
Duration: 00:01:40

Forget Me Not (U.K.)

by Natan Stoessel

Elsa, a young woman in her early 20's, represses her pain following a traumatic event. At her psychotherapist’s, she struggles to recognise her true emotions.
Duration: 00:05:30

Headstream (Germany)

by Bia Vilela

A young woman comes to terms with the conventionality of her wish for marriage and finds herself caught between social pressure and her own self-destruction in a surreal process that manifests itself through her body. Duration: 00:13:35

Century Of Smoke (Belgium)

by Nicolas Graux

Laosan spends all his time smoking opium. Lost in the Laotian jungle, opium farming is the only way to survive. Opium is also the poison that puts men to sleep and kills their desires. Duration: 01:30:06

Screening Schedule
Friday, April 17 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled.Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

Tungrus (India)

by Rishi Chandna

This documentary observes the peculiar lives of a middle-class Mumbai household. What was once a home like a million others, turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with. Duration: 00:12:56

Birth of a Poet (U.S.)

by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg

A dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.
Duration: 00:14:23

ON (Australia)

by Jelena Sinik

In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.
Duration: 00:02:05

Love (Canada)

by Benoit Ouellet

The friendship between Sam and Mathieu ends.
Duration: 00:04:42

Matter Out of Place (U.S.)

by Yanina Salerno

Intimate portrait. Blurred line. Exploration of presence and absence.
Duration: 00:02:28

Embrace; A River Runs Through (Australia)

by Ophelia Bakowski

A queering ceremony for the unseen and unheard: a healing act of letting go. A river’s force nourishes a rite of passage, a queer baptism, a bath of transcendence and a pool of reflection, in order to let go of the confines of ones skin. The gentle dance of the river is a meditation upon the esotericism of nature, in turn celebrating the fluidity of gender.
Duration: 00:05:32

Pub_Talk (Australia)

by Jake Taylor

Music video. A young man with down syndrome seeks connection at his local pub, but it's another night of feeling like no one understands him.
Duration: 00:04:06

023_GRETA_S (Germany)

by Annika Birgel

A young actress' audition quickly spirals out of control, turning into an intimate and manipulative interrogation. As she fights to stand her ground, one pressing question will remain: how far will she go to get the role? Duration: 00:11:59

SYMMETRY (Australia)

by Rob Plaza

We are a constantly evolving culture. Eternally cycling, dying, and rebirthing. Are we heading in the right direction? Because of constant noise of machines and growing infrastructure we sometimes forget what silence sounds like. We are living in a jungle... A concrete jungle.
Duration: 00:03:58

Sam Tudor - Joseph in the Bathroom (Canada)

by Lucas Hrubizna

Music video. Through the vacant halls of a small town high school, two faceless outcasts are dragged from room to room by an invisible force. When they arrive in the gym, Sam Tudor comes face-to-face with the dark social realities of his school experience.
Duration: 00:04:27

In Passing (Canada)

by Esther Cheung

A portrait of seventies Hong Kong as the director's parents remember it.
Duration: 00:04:08

Intimate Strangers (Australia)

by Chouwa Liang

Gay and lesbian Qiang and Yiling are looking for a heterosexual “marriage of convenience” within the Chinese LGBT community in Australia, trying hard to find the perfect partner to build a stable fake relationship. This documentary lets the audience uncover the resignation and helplessness behind their choices.
Duration: 00:04:15

Room 264 (Australian)

by Brodie Rowlands

A woman arrives in an unfamiliar environment and reflects on how she got to be there. As the room comes to life she reaches for a sense of self - using a physical language to expresses emotions that are otherwise ineffable.
Duration: 00:04:40

Union Jake (Netherlands)

by Luuk Walschot

Lead character Jake questions his identity in a politically and religiously divided community. He is done fighting and is in search of something which unites us all. Duration: 00:02:54

Fifteen (U.K.)

by Peiman Zekavat

A private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a high school in Lima. 'Fifteen' takes a look at cyberbullying and the culture of victim blaming. Most bullying in the Peruvian capital occurs between the ages of eleven and fifteen. Duration: 00:10:00

Screening Schedule
Saturday, April 18 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled.Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

LITTLE BIG – GO BANANAS (Russia)

by Alina Pasok, Iliya Prusikin

Music video.
Duration: 00:02:47

Petty Thing (China)

by Li zexi

The summer afternoon was no special, until the kids, also gun fight lovers, hung around in the village and found a replica pistol. As the trigger was pulled, the whole wood was awakened.
Duration: 00:14:23

Pain is Mine (Australia)

by Farshid Akhlaghi

Documentary. One day, one room, one take. After her spinal surgery, she was always in pain, intense pain, unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time, but one day, she decided to stop.
Duration: 00:12:30

One Girl's Fire (Australia)

by Jake Blackburn

Documentary. With the AFLW draft around the corner, Jas, a determined young footy player, must overcome her off-field demons, or risk missing out on the draft altogether. Duration: 00:08:00

The Caged (U.S.)

by Cody Chan

Boredom and materialism conquer human identity.
Duration: 00:03:32

A Remarkable Career (Australia)

by Paul William Dawkins

Meet Ellen. She's famous. Really, really famous... An interview with a notorious woman takes unexpected twists and turns.
Duration: 00:09:16

Decorum (Australia)

by Lorenzo Monti

A fashion model wants to get at the bottom of her uneasiness but something is hindering her. A designer gives advice, a doctor tries to get her attention. All claim to know what she needs. Duration: 00:10:18

Half of Me (Australia)

by Katrina Mathers

A mother finds a letter from her daughter postmarked nearly two years ago. Part 1 of the trilogy connected to the stage play 'Strawberry', also penned by writer Kerry Drumm.
Duration: 00:19:30

Half of Her (Australia)

by Harry Anderson

A father is conflicted as to whether he should forward a letter to his teenage daughter. Part 2 of the trilogy connected to the stage play 'Strawberry', also penned by writer Kerry Drumm.
Duration: 00:20:54

All of Me (Australia)

by Lee McLenaghan

A teenager is unsure if she should open a letter she’s waited for over two years to arrive. Part 3 of the trilogy connected to the stage play 'Strawberry', also penned by writer Kerry Drumm.
Duration: 00:11:16

Screening Schedule
Sunday, April 19 // 7-9PM // Palace Central

FREE entry. This screening takes place at Palace Central (Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008). All films are English spoken or English subtitled.Reserve your free tickets (incl. a drink) now by mailing to info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com (mention your name, the number of seats and the dates of the screenings you want to join). As seats are limited please only reserve a seat when you're absolutely sure you'll be present.

NONAME (Russia)

by Lamara Sogomonyan

Music video. No name - fight of sense against reality.
Duration: 00:02:49

The Shepherd (Norway)

by Brwa Vahabpour

While driving to a wedding, a Kurdish family hits a wild animal. The father is forced to decide whether he should kill or attempt to rescue it.
Duration: 00:17:17

Asymmetry (Serbia)

by Maša Nešković

A girl and a boy. A young woman and a young man. A middle-aged couple separating. The summer is boiling hot, streets of Belgrade are empty, stories of three couples intertwine almost randomly.
Duration: 01:33:00

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SUBMIT A FILM

The Sydney World Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.



SUBMISSIONS
All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DCP.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Sydney World Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Sydney World Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Sydney World Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Sydney World Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Sydney World Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Sydney World Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Sydney World Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Sydney World Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

SCREENING FEE
The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

WAIVER REQUESTS
Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

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Sydney World Film Festival
info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com