Now in its 60th year, the 2013 Sydney Film Festival is set to be the best so far. Festival Director Nashen Moodley has some exciting screenings in store, with over 150 short, feature and documentary films programmed.
“We have a bunch of new films, the majority of which have never been seen in Australia. There are more films than ever before, more venues and longer opening hours at the Hub,” he explains.
Hugo Weaving will act as President of the jury this year while also premiering his latest film Mystery Road. “We’re very excited about Mystery Road,” says Moodley, “a major film by Ivan Sen who directed, wrote, shot, scored and edited the film himself; it’s pretty amazing.”
This year, the winning film will go home with $50,000 while shorts and documentaries can receive between $5,000 to $10,000. With audience sizes almost doubling each year, exposure is guaranteed.
“I think over the last 60 years the people of Sydney have developed a great passion for and loyalty to the festival and it’s wonderful to be a part of.” (TW)
June 5-16, various locations, from $14, 1300 733 733, sff.org.au
BY TOM WILSON