Sydney Film Festival Call For Submissions

By October 23, 2014 Industry News

Entries are now open for the 62nd Sydney Film Festival, which is set to immerse Sydneysiders in the world of cinema from Wednesday 3 Juneuntil Sunday 14 June 2015.

Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, As we prepare for the 62nd edition of Sydney Film Festival in June 2015, we invite filmmakers to submit their films to the Festival for consideration. The programming team looks forward to viewing these submissions and presenting a selection of the very best films at the next Festival.”

The 2014 Festival saw the introduction of two new award categories: the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary and the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award.

Last year, out of around 2,500 films submitted, 192 films were invited to the Festival, screening to an incredible 156,000 attendees.

Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife, and will close on Friday 27 February 2015.

Whether it be a feature film debut, a short film, or an immersive documentary, Sydney Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their work to the 2015 event.

Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes) in all categories of the Festival program, including:

  • The Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary (cash prize $10,000).
  • The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Live Action Award and Best Director – both winners receive cash prizes of $5000 sponsored by Dendy Cinemas.
  • The Yoram Gross Animation Award (cash prize $4,000).
  • The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award (cash prize $5,000).

Dendy Cinemas have been proud to sponsor the Awards for 27 years, and the winner of their Live Action Award is now eligible for Academy Award consideration. Also eligible is the winner of the Yoram Gross Animation Award. Yoram and Sandra Gross have sponsored the Yoram Gross Animation Award since 1987.

A small fee applies with each submission. Before entering, Festival organisers urge all entrants to read the submission requirements closely to ensure that all entries meet premiere status and broader eligibility requirements. Head to: for full eligibility criteria and submission details.