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Inspired by the Past,
Inspiration for an Industry's Future

The 1940s were the peak of the Golden Era of Cinema. Iconic films like Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon and It’s a Wonderful Life filled theaters with larger than life characters created by legendary filmmakers.

In Sydney, tucked inside the art deco Paramount House building that served as Paramount Pictures’ 1940 Oceania headquarters, was a basement screening room where executives got their first glimpse of many of these groundbreaking films. It is this venue so rich in cinematic history that will once again showcase cutting-edge films as The Sydney World Film Festival begins a new era in 2018.

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 Sydney Festival was about industry prestige since the format only allowed private screenings for an international jury. Beginning in 2018, this distinguished festival enters a new era as its first brick-and-mortar event is held at the Golden Age Cinema. Free and open to the public for the first time, this venue will allow filmmakers to witness the impact their films on a live audience.

The festival aims to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from global filmmakers. 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!

Inspired by the grand screening rooms of the past and born of today’s interconnected world, the 2018 Sydney World Film Festival will serve as a showcase for the work of cinema masters as well as rising talents. We are thrilled to offer filmmakers this fantastic opportunity.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Official Selection
and screening schedule

Sydney World Film Festival 2018

Golden Age Cinema, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
April 23rd 2018 / 6-10PM
Free admission
Reserve your seats
Kye Poirrier: Take Me Home (Viet Nam) by Louis Corallo

An Australian man suffers a massive stroke in Vietnam. This tells the story about his relationship with his carer and his battle to return home after open brain surgery.
Screening session: 6PM-7PM

Backstory (Germany) by Joschka Laukeninks

As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.
Screening session: 6PM-7PM

Train Man (United States) by Alex Barsky

A social outcast makes a home for himself inside of a train car.
Screening session: 6PM-7PM

Generation Mars (Norway) by Alexander Armas Turpin

Astrid is one of the winners of Generation Mars: A reality show sending the first humans to Mars, never to return. Everything is set for her to leave, except one thing. Astrid must say goodbye to everything she loves.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Cargo (Germany) by Jasmine Ellis

Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what's happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Elene (Turkey) by Sezen Kayhan

16-year-old Elene is a Georgian illegal immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

The Boudoir (Canada) by David Latreille

A two-minute short film about a young woman experiencing music through a psychotic phase.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Truck (Turkey) by Canbert Yerguz

Besim, who set out on a long interprovincial journey with the truck escrowed to him, is stuck in the middle of a deserted road in the heart of Anatolia because of an engine breakdown. His efforts to find a mechanic for the truck, fearing that it will catch on fire, becomes more and more complicated with the arrival of kids, a flock of stray sheep, a peasant with a scooter, other peasants with cars, and even more peasants with a tractor, women and the gendarme one after the other. The quarrel between the two enemy villages inflames because of the missing shepherd of the rambling flock; they scuffle and accuse each other of murdering the shepherd. Stuck with a truck which is about to start burning down, Besim is now struggling to stay out of the fight that pulls him in insistently, where no one listens to one another, and also to find someone with a good sense who will help him with his problem.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Flatland (Iran) by Alireza Keymanesh

'Flatland' is a piece of video art made by two Iranian artists Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti in 2017. It premiered as part of a group exhibition under the collective title Flatland. They intend to perform this piece live in an urban environment.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Sola (Australia) by Jonathan Nix

As the world collapses around them, humanity walks on oblivious, compulsively editing selfies and updating profiles.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Different - Je suis différent.e (France) by Ben Lemaire

I came out as a transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

#selfie (Germany) by David M. Lorenz

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie... The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Drop The Mic (Australia) by James Blannin-Ferguson

A wrestling announcer must summon the will to keep his body moving after he is thwarted by a rare, muscle weakening disease.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

149th and Grand Concourse (United States) by Andy and Carolyn London

Suburbs of a big city. One worker from Maghreb feels uncomfortable with women. Ambivalent, either he’s fascinated by them, or they make him afraid. When he meets a hooker, he tries to surpass his complex, discovering his own sexuality.
Screening session: 7PM-8.40PM

Hurry Slowly (Skynd Deg Sakte) (Norway) by Anders Emblem

Hurry Slowly is a warm slice-of-life film about Fiona and her younger brother Tom, whom she takes care of. We follow Fiona over a few life-changining summer months on the north-western coast of Norway, where she juggle the care of her brother, her job at the local ferry and her interest in music.
Screening session: 8.40PM-1OPM

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