Festival Activities

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is proud to support the Features program at this year's Sydney Film Festival, showcasing the very best new cinema from around the world.

Discover captivating stories from great cinematic storytellers. See prizewinners from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be known. Browse the program here.


Behind the Scenes at Sydney Film Festival 2017

In this special presentation, Sydney Film Festival Programs Manager Jenny Neighbour will discuss this year's festival, reveal some highlights of the program (with some tantalizing clips), and talk about what's involved in programming an international film festival of this size.

Jenny will be joined by a guest film director to be announced, offering a filmmaker's perspective. The event will conclude with a question and answer session.

When: 19 May 2017, 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Ritchie Theatre

Who: Jenny Neighbour, Sydney Film Festival Programs Manager

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Meet the Directors – Stories of Refugees and Forced Migration

Please join Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Professor of Comparative Film and Cultural Studies, ARC Professorial Future Fellow in conversation with...

Arash Kamali Sarvestani and Behrouz Boochani
Directors of Chauka Please Tell Us the time

Su Goldfish
Director of The Last Goldfish

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Revisit: Sydney Film Festival 2016 

As a proud Festival partner, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences ran several events and activities at last year's festival, incorporating UNSW academics, alumni and students.

Constance on the Edge

Refugees on Film – Cinema without Borders

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences together with Sydney Film Festival invite you to join us as we explore how cinema can cross borders - portraying them as a place not to divide and exclude, but as meeting places where different people, ideas, images and sounds intermingle freely.

Featuring two special guests from Sydney Film Festival - Belinda Mason and Constance Okot, from the film Constance on the Edge - our panellists all study, teach, research or make films that look beyond divisive borderlines to gateways for greater human understanding and tolerance.

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival at UNSW: A talk with Nashen Moodley (SFF Artistic Director), Marieka Walsh (director of The Crossing), and Sam McKeith (director of Beast)

When: 27 May 2016, 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Ritchie Theatre, UNSW Kensington

Nashen Moodley, Artistic Director of the Sydney Film Festival, spoke about this year's festival with special guests Marieka Walsh (director of The Crossing), and Sam McKeith (director of Beast). These new films are premiering at the festival in the Features Program, supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.


Nebula and Deluge

Internationally acclaimed artist and UNSW Scientia Professor Dennis Del Favero will present two new interactive cinematic installations using UNSW’s world leading 360-degree 3D iCinema theatre as part of the 2016 Sydney Film Festival (SFF).

Deluge and Nebula, directed by Del Favero, are part of the SFF Beyond Cinema program, which offers experiences that blend cinema with cutting-edge technology.

Produced by the same team that presented the critically acclaimed and sell out Scenario for the 2011 SFF, Nebula and Deluge incorporate artificial intelligence and cutting-edge computer graphics, immersing the viewer in a dynamic visual space.

Both works explore our increasingly uncertain relationship with the natural world.

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