SFF Events

sffMeet the Filmmakers: SFF Talks at the Apple Store

To celebrate Sydney Film Festival and the spirit of filmmaking, the Apple Store hosts free events including the popular Meet the Filmmaker series, where you can hear the film industry’s leading writers, directors, producers and actors discuss their latest projects and answer your questions. Limited seating is available.

Phil Rosenthal – Monday 13 June, 2-3pm

Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, talks about his first feature film Exporting Raymond, the laugh-out-loud true story about the attempt to turn his show into a Russian sitcom. The talk is moderated by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Idato.

Exporting Raymond is screening:
SAT 11 JUN 1:45pm Events Cinema 9, George Street
MON 13 JUN 8:00pm Events Cinema 9, George Street


Metro Screen Filmmaker Studio Series

SFF partners with Metro Screen, the leading independent screen learning and development hub in New South Wales, on an exciting series of filmmaker workshops. The guest filmmakers, all of whom have films screening at SFF 2011, share their knowledge and insights about the creative process and establishing a career in the film business. Workshops include film clips and Q&A sessions.

Jody Shapiro – Friday 10 June, 11am-1230pm

Get a glimpse into many aspects of the film industry with multi-talented Canadian filmmaker Jody Shapiro, who has produced for Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini and is director of the unique and adventurous documentary How to Start Your Own Country – screening at SFF 2011 in its Australian Premiere. The workshop is hosted by Mathieu Ravier, artistic director of The Festivalists.

How to Start Your Own Country is screening:

THU 9 JUN 6:30pm Dendy Opera Quays 2

SAT 11 JUN 2:15pm Dendy Opera Quays 2

Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody – Tuesday 14 June, 11am-12:30pm

Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s documentaries include the 2009 FOXTEL finalists Bastardy and Cicada. His uncompromising new film Hail screens at SFF 2011. Join Amiel and producer Michael Cody as they discuss the leap from making shorts to features in the Australian film industry. The session is hosted by Sandy George of Screen International.

Hail is screening:

SUN 12 JUN 8:35pm Events Cinema 9, George Street

MON 13 JUN 12:45pm Events Cinema 9, George Street

Sophie Hyde and Matthew Bate – Friday 17 June, 11am-12:30pm

Join us for a panel about two new Australian-produced documentaries screening in SFF’s 2011 FOXTEL competition: Shut up Little Man!, directed by Matthew Bate, and Life in Movement, directed by Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde. Guest panelists Bate and Hyde (who also co-produced both films) discuss the challenges of making independent Australian films. The session is hosted by Richard Harris, CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation.

Life in Movement is screening:

SAT 18 JUN 6:15pm Events Cinema 9, George Street


Extended-Mix Q&As at the SFF Festival Lounge

SFF invites you to interact with guest filmmakers in extended question-and-answer sessions in a more relaxed and intimate setting at our official Festival Lounge, Grasshopper. The Q&As are free and open to all festival patrons. (Space is limited)

Joe Lawlor – Sunday 12 June, 6-7pm

As one half of Dublin-born production duo Desperate Optimists, Joe Lawlor creates unique film collaborations with local communities around the world. His latest project, the Singapore-based Civic Life, screens at SFF 2011 in a special feature-length omnibus session – and includes the short Tiong Bahru (also screening at SFF with The Arbor). Lawlor is on hand to discuss his role in inspiring filmmakers in unexpected places. The talk is moderated by Lisa Torrance, executive director of ICE. (Joe Lawlor’s attendance is supported by the British Council.)

Where The Heart Is is screening at SFFTV@Martin Place

Tiong Bahru is screening:

SUN 12 JUN 3:45pm Dendy Opera Quays 2

WED 15 JUN 8:35pm Dendy Opera Quays 2

Jennifer Fox – Friday 17 June, 2:30-3:30pm

Jennifer Fox is an American director, producer, cinematographer and educator known for her internationally-acclaimed documentaries Beirut: The Last Home Movie (which won best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival), An American Love Story and Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman. Here she discusses her latest film, My Reincarnation. Fox spent 20 years documenting the life of a Tibetan Buddhist monk and his Italian-born son for this project, which screens at SFF 2011 in Take Me on a Journey.

My Reincarnation is screening:

FRI 17 JUN 12:00pm Dendy Opera Quays 2

SUN 19 JUN 7:15pm Dendy Opera Quays 2