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 artist who focus on the art of filmmaking rather than on the box office.
The Sydney World Film Festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Recognizing 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.
2019 highlights included:
Best Narrative Feature Film:
SONGS IN THE SONG (DENMARK) BY KRISTIAN SEJRBO LIDEGAARD
On a hot summer day, Anna visits her childhood friend Julie, on the Danish island Møn, where they both grew up. Julie is obsessed with an old Danish myth and spends all her time in the forest.
Best Documentary Feature Film:
ONE MORE WAY TO SINK INTO MY HEART (USA) BY KEREN MOSCOVITCH
A filmmaker visits the home of a retired couple living in a rural American town, where they introduce her to their imaginative and quixotic intimate life. Through a series of interviews, short intimate vignettes and sensual environmental video and audio experiments, the viewer is invited down a psychical rabbit hole, through which the secrets of this couple’s happiness are revealed.
Best Narrative Short Film:
ELISA (GERMANY) BY KRISTINA KEAN SHTUBERT
'Elisa' portrays the claustrophobic and extremely painful relationship between nine year old Elisa and her mother.
Best Documentary Short Film:
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAYED AT MY HIGH SCHOOL (UNITED STATES) BY ROBERT PIETRI, TONY JANNELLI
This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance.
Best Experimental Film:
SALT WATER (UNITED STATES) BY ABE ABRAHAM
Dance-film set to the seismographic recordings of the earth's vibrations.
Best Animated Film:
MARFA (UNITED STATES) BY GREG MCLEOD, MYLES MCLEOD
A town on the borderlands of Texas. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.
Best Underground Film:
DIVA & ASTRO (UNITED STATES) BY ANGEL BARROETA
A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.
Best Music Video:
NOCTURNES (FRANCE) BY EMMANUEL LEVY
Music Video for the solo EP "Nocturnes" by double bass player Sébastien Beliah
Best Australian Film:
MY NAME IS MOHAMED AND RAGHAD, WE DON'T EXIST HERE ANYMORE BY ALI MOUSAWI
A one shot, twelve-minute film about a day in the life of an Iranian- Ahwazi asylum seeker family, surviving in Australia.
The Sydney World Film Festival will screen the best of today's independent cinema.
All of the official selected films will receive a 'film festival entry fee waiver package' worth at least $250. This will allow you to enter your film free of charge with about 10 partner festivals from around the globe.
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.
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.
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.