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About

The objective of the Sydney World Film Festival (SWFF) is to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from all over the world.

It aims to become a showcase for independent films and new work from rising talents to cinema masters to show the continuity from generation to generation as a vital component in the development of the film industry.

We accept short and feature films, drama, experimental, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

SUBMISSIONS
The Sydney World Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener). 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. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds 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 organisers 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.

Private Screenings

All submissions are privately screened every quarter and evaluated by an international team of experts in the industry.
Some of the benefits of submitting your film to the Sydney World Film Festival:
Submitting your work to any film festival isn't without consequences.
Most of the top tier film festivals require a world premiere. Submitting your film to a smaller festival, could result in having your film being disqualified by the bigger festivals. This is not the case when you submit your film to the Sydney World Film Festival. Fact is that all films are being screened privately. When your film is being selected or awarded at the Sydney World Film Festival your premiere status will not be affected.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Summer 2017
offical selection

The 2017 Summer selection will be announced on June 22nd, 2017.

The Sydney World Film Festival aims to showcase dozens of feature and short films. 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.

Award Categories

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

2017 Spring Edition:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Halumim / Beneath the Silence (Israel) by Erez Mizrahi

1973, a small family crumbles due to the father’s PTSD, on the verge of the Yom Kipur War.

Best Documentary Feature Film
Chosen (Custody of the Eyes) (United States) by Abbie Reese

Set within the Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Illinois, "Chosen (Custody of the Eyes)" forms an intimate portrait of Heather*, a former blogger and painter confronting what she believes is her calling: Becoming a cloistered contemplative nun in one of the strictest religious orders. "Chosen" is a coming-of-age story by first-time filmmaker Abbie Reese in collaboration with "Heather," who became the film's primary cinematographer. The Novice Mistress deemed this project a "once in a lifetime" occurrence — permitting a video camera to capture monastic life from the inside. *She selected the alias "Heather" to reflect the Poor Clare Colettine pursuit of anonymity.

Best Narrative Short Film
WALLS (Germany) by Maik Schuster and Max Paschke

a short film dealing with the energy generated through human confrontations with walls. The urge for freedom and fulfillment is just as human as the urge to build walls for everyday order. Three individuals in different countries are struggling under this tension - and finally decide to go all in. The soundtrack features music by rising french producer Phazz.

Best Documentary Short Film
The Boxer (Netherlands) by Ruben van Leer

Frank Engel is a boxer by day and a tenor singer by night. In a fight with himself, he conquers his biggest fear: to let his voice be heard in the opera to a large audience. The film is a fictionalised short drama piece, starring real-life character Frank Engel, shot during an actual opera performance in the Dutch National Opera and featuring a poem by acclaimed street-poet and voice artist Johnny Bang Reilly.

Best Animated Short Film
Don’t cry (Japan) by Tomoya Takashima

A story of people living in a world prohibited from giving birth. Sci-Fi Thriller animation. In this era, artificial intelligence, AI has come to power. Birthing limits were implemented in order to manage the AI population that has grown too much. Although AI’s threatening, illegal birth laws are no end of mankind’s desire. The parents and children would be killed if exposed by government. The couple are heading the port toward the resistance force called the ‘Human Tribe’to save the children. AI was approaching behind them.

Best Experimental Film
Atlas (United States) by Shannon Leah Collis

A series of short audio-visual projections using time-lapse photography, digital video and sound processing techniques to explore parallels between light, gesture and abstract form. This work is based on research in early drawn-sound techniques used for musical score analysis and sound-on-film processes (e.g. Norman McLaren’s animated films, and Oskar Fischinger’s ornamental sound experiments of 1932).

Best Australian Cinema Now
Shiver by Damian Overton

“In the darkness of the night, Riley returns to the broke down and desolate part of the city he once inhabited. Riley, a young drifter, searches for a new future among the violent and unforgiving ruins of the past.”

Narrative Feature Film: Official Selection
The Apple Picker (United Kingdom) by Chris Wade

A darkly comic surreal drama about an old man who, disjointed from the world around him, looks back upon his life, and the darkest corners of his psyche. Featuring Jack Napier, Chris Wade, Shawn Dimery, Linzi Napier and Andy Wade. Also features voice work by legendary actors Toyah Willcox and Nigel Planer.

Narrative Feature Film: Official Selection
Storage (Ireland) by Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh

Storage is a dark fairytale, where the monsters that must be faced are man's own inner demons. The film explores the nature of regret by following the struggle of one man to resolve a lifetime of poor decisions, their impacts on his life and the lives of the people he has loved. John is forced to journey through his internal world to reconcile his past and face the consequences of his actions in an attempt to obtain a final peace.

Narrative Feature Film: Official Selection
Soulsmith (Ireland) by Kevin Henry

The trials and tribulations of a volatile young playwright as he traverses a contemporary Ireland.

Narrative Feature Film: Official Selection
There it comes (Argentina) by Federico Jacobi

"There it comes" is a feature film that chronicles the last days of life of a man who lives alone in a house totally damaged by the passage of time and neglect. The man changes his attitude towards death, which affects the tense relationship he has with the son.

Documentary Feature Film: Official Selection
Strange Strangers (Italy) by Elisa Amoruso

Five women arrive in Italy from different countries: Sihem (Tunisia), Radi (Bulgaria), Sonia (China), Ana (Croatia) and Ljuba (Serbia). They arrived in Italy in search of love, work, freedom, sometimes by fate. They came to Italy with one life and exchanged it for another, each of them creating their own businesses. Their experiences cross and give life to a story about what it means to find a new identity. While their individual stories are different, they each share the experience of being strangers in a strange land.

Documentary Feature Film: Official Selection
the Nature of Things (Italy) by Laura Viezzoli

A philosophical and emotive immersion in that precious period of life that is the end of life, through one year of meetings and dialogues between the author and a man who is terminally ill with ALS. A journey into the human soul where present time merges with past and future becoming a landscape background for a dialogue about love, pain and, the need for freedom.

Documentary Feature Film: Official Selection
MALA (Spain) by Miguel Angel Barroso

Different lives of a city of Peru called MALA, show the daily life of its inhabitants, with their sorrows and joys. Sacrifice, illusions, unhappy lives and hope for the future.

Documentary Feature Film: Official Selection
Hired Gun (United States) by Fran Strine

This feature length one-off documentary introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Ozzy Osbourne, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? It is the consummate side players who kill it show after show, often playing circles around the actual band members. In “Hired Gun,” viewers learn the firsthand stories from individuals who have mastered their craft and perform on the world’s biggest stages. This film details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required to make dreams a reality.

Documentary Feature Film: Official Selection
Rest Stop (France) by Isabelle Ingold

Picturing a highway rest stop, this documentary traces out the portrait of Europe today.

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
Wanderdrachen (Germany) by Jonas Bak

In search of nothing, a solitary young traveler is crisscrossing a landscape that feels like the end of the world. When a rainbow-coloured kite pops up on the horizon, his journey takes a different turn - one that he didn't expect.

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
Dress Rehearsal (United States) by Michael Boston

A struggling method actor takes his research too far.

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
Midnight Poetry (Australia) by Emilie Boyard

A young mother, Tilda, has escaped London with her 7 years old daughter in order to end an abusive relationship. In Sydney, the pressure of guilt and memory challenge her new life.

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
Amandine (Italy) by Bruno Noaro

Set in the countrysides of the 60's, Amandine is a short-film story about a young and carefree girl who daily wanders on her bike around the countryside. One day, resting by her favourite tree, she hears some sounds around. While walking into the grass, she starts searching for the sound source, until she finds Eva. Amandine decides to bring the unknown girl at home taking care of her...

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
Ludwig von Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) by Reshad Strik

A father, deals with the agony of his missing son from Sarajevo, he stumbles across an old grave from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. He starts to confine in the grave, but little does he know that the grave confines in him.

Narrative Short Film: Official Selection
An Open Letter To Uncle Edgar (Australia) by Troy Galvin

An Open Letter To Uncle Edgar explores a dark and surreal look into the lives of a husband and wife, seen through the eyes of hands, and the choices they make.

Documentary Short Film: Official Selection
Glass Between Us (Germany) by Manuel Schmitt

Ever since Gerald Marshall has been isolated from the outside world, there is glass between him and the people in his life. He loses contact to his sister. The contact to his son is mostly through letters. However, they have never touched each other - you can't touch each other, where he is at. Gerald, Jaelon and Julia each handle the separation in their own way, they try to break it or recoil from it.

Documentary Short Film: Official Selection
Susan (India) by Pavitra Chalam

CurleyStreet partnered with U.K based charity iPartner, to bring you the stories of three brave, strong and beautiful young girls from different parts of India, who went from being victims to survivors of child and sex trafficking. Ayesha, Devi and Susan take us through the brutally honest, intensely personal and hard-hitting accounts of their ordeal, urging us to take affirmative action when it comes to striking at the heart of sex trafficking and protecting our innocents. While all three of them have now been rehabilitated with the support and care of organisations dedicated to their cause, the journey to get there has been one that would test even the strongest of us. This is one of the three stories. A child has to be rescued from the clutches of some form of sexual exploitation every two days in India. This is the story of Susan, a lively and outspoken aspiring film star, who spent her childhood in the dark shadow of the flesh trade.

Documentary Short Film: Official Selection
Chasing Houses (Germany) by Justin Time

The road movie documentary follows mobile homes accross the highway, connecting the grandiose vastness of the American West to the transitory nature of the homes and the tenuous life stories of their inhabitants. In fragmented stopovers, the film revolves around questions of home, belonging, wealth and the American Dream. Sketched encounters with a former Las Vegas showgirl, a desert recluse, a Navajo couple and a Tea Party member reveal views of hopes and dead-end prospects, class conflicts and the „moving-on mentality“.

Documentary Short Film: Official Selection
The Sad Monk (Germany) by Diana Frankovic

When we find ourselves in another emotional crisis, we begin to question our existence and the meaning of life. We want change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are the keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far eastern practices. Buddhism is the path to enlightenment. But is that really the case? Following this path to Nepal, we meet the young Tibetan buddhist monk Tenzin, a representative of a new generation, who is grappling with the questions of life and his religion. But instead of enlightenment, we find doubtful young monks who are asking the same kind of questions about their lives as we do about ours. His insights challenge a universal human foible: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealised environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal. The film reveals that happiness is not always that which we expect it to be, that searching for happiness might just be an irresponsible waste of our beautiful yet imperfect lives. Isn’t there a Sad Monk in all of us?

Animated Short Film: Official Selection
Flutter (United States) by Vladimir Todorov

FLUTTER is a short animated film about despair, hope and the power of love. FLUTTER ’s main character, Fleo, is trapped in a body that keeps him pinned to the ground. While others can defy the laws of gravity and fly freely above his head, Fleo can only watch from a distance. He is an outcast, destined to trudge through life. But desperation leads to innovation, and then to an unexpected discovery. With a pair of wings strapped to his back, Fleo’s first attempt at flying becomes a heart-stopping rescue mission. After saving the life of a helpless stranger, Fleo has to make a choice. Does he continue on his flight path, or does he go back to being “grounded”? Realizing that love and companionship are more powerful than the laws of gravity, Fleo embraces his impediment, and lets his heart do the soaring instead.

Animated Short Film: Official Selection
Roller Monster (Belgium) by Manu Gomez

A free adaptation of "the Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

Animated Short Film: Official Selection
body without organs (United States) by Mark Franz

"body without organs" is an experimental animation that explores the mystical singularity of the body in terms of its separate functioning parts. Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari use this term to refer to the "cosmic egg" of life.

Animated Short Film: Official Selection
Beetles in Boxes (Germany) by Wojtek Skowron
This films is an ironic visual interpretation of a part of Ludwig Wittgenstein's 'private language argument'.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Leeches (United Kingdom) by Monica Davies

Found footage collage of The Child Molester.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Anexperimentalviralvlog (Portugal) by Vasco Diogo

A unique short experimental remix of 15 vlog episodes, originally posted on youtube, based upon a reflexion on identity, manipulation, truth and beauty, that blurs popular influences with performance video and video art processes and ideas. Self-representation document made with a DIY spirit and a urge to work on basic communication principles, such as the confrontation between the artist and the viewer and speech awareness. The audiovisual manipulations function mainly as an expression of repressed emotions in the context of a confessional aesthetics. This is a remixed version of the original video: "anexperimentalviralvlog the movie", 2015, which continuous to be the first autonomous work that appropriates the material I posted on my youtube vlog.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Mind Screen An Exportation Within The Deep (New Caledonia) by Moea Creugnet

Mind Screen An exportation Within the Deep is a short experimental film that puts the viewer into a meditative state. Its hybrid form borrows ideas and concepts inspired from the realms of theatre, cinema and dance. Within it, it examines the sublime nature of the sea and the humankind complex but strong relationship to it.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Side by Side (United States) by Jesse Budd

The real time, split screen comparison of two lives leading up to the moment where they meet for the first time.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Youth 3000 (Canada) by ace-a and ace-c
It is the year 3008 - Simulation is no longer a theory. A new Millennium, a new age. Neuroscientists coined this as ' The Age of Emulation'. Mind uploading, copying and transferring of data is being in-forced by the Global Government. With the increase of information and connectivity the only place for inner reflection and truth is found in the mind of Apollo.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
The Forest (Turkey) by Ismail Egler

The camera, gently moving towards a certain direction, not only makes the trees dematerialized, but also transfers the earthly image of space into the realm of the dreams. This drifts the viewer to a quite familiar but yet different, alternative time regime. This transition is critical, for only this enables "the Real’ to become momentarily visible. In these moments we forego thinking about the larch or scots pines, and find ourselves face-to-face with something from the depth of existence. It is these instances, where language and symbols lose their significance…

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Tendercore (Spain) by Saray Blades

Tendercore is a film that seeks to explore fictional representation of gendered and sexualized bodies trought the metaphor of a androgynous female alien. Drawing this utopian alien scenario, embodied sexual and gender norms are transcend. Unusual connections between bodies which are always in the border of what we understand as sex, taking the body, thus the viewer, to the unknown.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Rougarou: The Awakening of the Beast (Spain) by Saray Blades

“Rougarou: The Awakening of the beast”, invites the spectator into the process of identity research through the animalization of the human figure . Using the lycanthropic myth from Louisiana swamps , the film talks about transmutation , repressed sexual drives , and primitive instincts that survive despite the evolution of the human kind.

Experimental Film: Official Selection
Coven (Spain) by Saray Blades

"Coven" seeks a dialogue between the human - animalized figure and perception of identity through an occult imaginary. It shows updated myths from the Central European and classic Mediterranean legends in which the archetypal character of evil is the witch, talking about how animal instinct survives in the genetic transfer, foreseeing that every human notion has something animalistic.

Australian Cinema Now: Official Selection
Gabby's First Time by Tristan Barr

Meet Gabby. She’s a complete social misfit who likes walks along the river and wearing Christmas jumpers all year round. When Gabby stumbles upon a film of low morals and an even lower budget, her sexual curiosity sparks an unexpected journey of self-discovery, social acceptance and human connection. But will Gabby ever meet someone who sees the world the same way she does? Gabby’s First Time explores boys being boys, girls being girls, and that no matter who you are, you're never alone in the world.

Australian Cinema Now: Official Selection
Watch the Sunset by Tristan Barr

In a single shot an ex-bikie member is on the run from his gang and a past he can’t escape.

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