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

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. Inspired by the grand screening rooms of the past and born of today’s interconnected world, the 2019 Sydney World Film Festival will serve as a showcase for the work of cinema masters as well as rising talents.

2018 highlights include Hurry Slowly (Skynd Deg Sakte) (Norway) by Anders Emblem who won 'best narrative feature film'. 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.

Sola (Australia) by Jonathan Nix received the award for best Australian film. This creepy well crafted animated music video that tells the story about a world that collapses and humanity walking on oblivious, compulsively editing selfies and updating profiles.

The prize for the best documentary feature was for Kye Poirrier: Take Me Home (Viet Nam) by Louis Corallo. An emotional journey that deals about an Australian man that 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.

Generation Mars (Norway) by Alexander Armas Turpin received the prize for best narrative short film. The best documentary short film went to Drop The Mic (Australia) by James Blannin-Ferguson. The best experimental film was for Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti for 'Flatland' (Iran). The Boudoir (Canada) by David Latreille won the prize for best music video and Train Man (United States) by Alex Barsky finally won the prize for best animated film.


The Sydney World Film Festival will screen the best of today's independent cinema. Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative feature, Documentary feature, Narrative short, Documentary short...)

The winning filmmakers will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit. With the filmmaker's permission, we will also host the winning films prominently on our website.

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • The SWFF was the first festival to officially select my videos, and for that I’m forever grateful. One of their jurors who liked my work told SWFF to encourage me to apply to his/her festival in the future. This festival opens opportunities!

    July 2018
  • Best Film Festival in Sydney. Period. Held in one of the most beautifully insane venue, a superb website, great communication all around, this fest is simply amazing! Passionate film enthusiasts are behind the management of this festival, no question about it. Don't waste your time, submit to it now!

    April 2018
  • Alex Barsky

    Thank you for the opportunity to be featured in this wonderful festival! Great communication and diverse selection.

    April 2018
  • Anders Emblem

    I could not attend, but everything points to a well run and great festival! Thanks so much for our film's attention!

    April 2018
  • Louis Corallo

    I am very pleased to had been a part of this festival; which had shown a diverse range of quality films from all around the world.

    April 2018