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Sydney Film Festival to adopt 100% virtual format

/ 04:46 PM May 07, 2020
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Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. Image: AFP/Jung Yeon-je via AFP Relaxnews

A major event for Australian moviegoers, the 2020 Sydney Film Festival will now take place. Canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March, the organizers of the longstanding festival have embraced a completely digital format to reinstate a program that will run from June 10 to 21.

The new format will be virtual and national for the first time, and only accessible to internet users on Australian territory. In the program, there will be previews of documentaries by Australian film directors, short films by rising stars in the world of Australian cinema and films by European female directors.

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The virtual Sydney Film Festival will also provide an occasion for the presentation of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and honor the best female directors in the European film industry with its dedicated “Europe! Voices of Women in Film” selection.

Full details of the program and ticket prices will be announced on Wednesday, May 27.

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“The special 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards is all about bringing audiences across the nation together at a particularly challenging time in celebration of filmmakers and the Australian film industry,” said the festival organizers in a press release. RGA

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