The 8th Annual Possible Worlds Festival of American and Canadian Cinema

By July 1, 2013 Events

Now in its eighth year, the Possible Worlds Film Festival will make a welcome return in August with new cinema from Canada and for the first time an expanded focus to showcase films from the United States. Presented by Cosmos Tours and non-profit The Festivalists, the festival returns bigger and better than ever to Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown from 8th to 18th August and ARC Cinema (Canberra) from 21st to 23rd August 2013. Officially opening the Festival will be Canadian director Sarah Polley’s acclaimed documentary Stories We Tell. One of the most heralded films of the 2012 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Stories We Tell is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself. Showcasing 20 new feature films in official competition – ten from Canada and ten from the United States – the 2013 Festival Awards will be decided by an all-woman jury of six distinguished experts in addition to the Audience Award for Best Film presented by World Movies. The Award for Best Canadian Film will be chosen by a jury composed of SBS film presenter and journalist Sandy George, Sarah Lancaster (Toronto International Film Festival, Adelaide International Film Festival) and film critic and festival insider, Sarah Ward. The jury for the Best American Film Award will include Festival veteran Alyssa Orvis (Tribeca, Abu Dhabi, Sydney Film Festival), 2013 Dendy Award winning producer Lyn Norfor and American academic Dr Jane Park from the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney.

“Our quest has always been to bring diversity to Australian screens,’ said Festival director Mathieu Ravier. ‘With Canadian titles now getting theatrical release on a regular basis, we are widening our focus to include independent American films which remain surprisingly little seen in local cinemas and festival.”

Christian Schweitzer, Marketing Manager Australasia at Cosmos said “For more than five decades, Cosmos has opened up the world of touring for independent-minded, practical travellers. We are thrilled to come on board this year as a co-presenter of Possible Worlds, empowering the Festival to do the same through cinema. If you’re looking for an enriching travel experience beyond what you see onscreen, Cosmos can take you on an array of adventures across Canada and the US from as little as $119 per day.”

The full line up of the 8th Possible Worlds Film Festival will be announced on 8th July 2013. For more information, visit: http://www/

When: August 8 -18 (Sydney) and August 21 – 23 (Canberra)

Where: Dendy Circular Quay, Dendy Newtown and Arc Cinema

Sydney Tickets: Adult $18, Concession/Student $15, Club Dendy Adult $13, Club Dendy Student $11, Club Dendy Senior $8 Bookings: 9247 3800 (Opera Quays), 02 9550 5699  (Newtown).

Canberra Tickets: Adult $11, Concession/Student $9 – Bookings: 02 6248 2000