26 new films have been announced for the festival this year.

Sydney Film Festival returns in 2016 for its 63rd season, and is bringing 26 new feature films with it.

The festival will screen films from the world’s top film festivals in venues across Sydney including The State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, Event Cinemas George Street, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Dendy Newtown, Casula Powerhouse, and the Skyline Drive in Blacktown.

22 of the films announced are Australian Premieres, including nine new documentaries and 10 iconic works of cinema that will be screened on 35mm prints.

Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “Now here’s a sneak peek that’s sure to whet your appetite for this year’s festival! These 26 films may just be a taste of what’s coming, but they already make for a compelling selection of the best in features and documentaries."

"These are films that can change your mind, change your mood and change the way you look at the world. From big stars and big ideas to small but perfectly-formed stories of truth and imagination, there’s something for all kinds of film lovers here.”

Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s film Demolition is one of the 26 titles that will be shown this year, along with two films that pay homage to the 1980s and true stories including the winner of the Sundance 2016 Grand Jury Prize for US Documentary, Weiner.

Outstanding documentaries remain essential to the Festival, and this year’s Festival has a strong focus on entertaining and enlightening films from factual filmmakers around the world. Sonita follows filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami and her subject, rapping Afghani refugee Sonita Alizadeh—also an activist and social media sensation, as their stories intersect and entwine in unexpected ways.

The Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW and Destination NSW as well as the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney.

The full festival program will be announced on Wednesday 11 May.

When: June 8 – 19 2016

Program Preview