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The Future Of Film Festivals In The Digital Age

June 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Far from suffering, film festivals are multiplying in number and most record growing audience numbers and sell-out sessions. Is the current boom sustainable? How specialist is each festival’s audience and are they in competition? Why aren’t music or comedy festivals enjoying the same patronage in Sydney. With so much media attention on Hollywood style block busters, why is it that a new Bollywood musical, a documentary from Palestine, a locally produced short or an independent European feature with a no big stars, is more likely to find an audience locally?

Metro Screen’s Film Festivals Australia initiative in partnership with Sydney Film Festival invites you to a special panel discussion about this thriving creative sector.

The expert panel includes

  • Mathieu Ravier, director of The Festivalists (the team behind Possible Worlds, Young At Heart and Access All Areas festivals)
  • Paul Struthers director of the Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Screen Film Festival and part of the marketing team at Sydney Film Festival
  • Mouna Zayla co-director of the Arab Film Festival Australia.

Facilitated by film academic, critic and Golden Age cinema programmer Kate Jinx, the panel will discuss the reasons for the success of the independent festival sector and explore why audiences continue to grow.

About Film Festivals Australia

Sydney is only one of two cities in the world officially recognised as a UNESCO City of Film. For 35 years Metro Screen has been working closely with festival organisers and supporting the growth of independent screen culture. The Film Festivals Australia program grew out of that experience and was launched in 2014 by Lord Mayor Clover Moore. It operates with the support of City of Sydney and Screen NSW.


June 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Treasury Room, Sydney Film Festival Hub
Sydney Town Hall