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January 2022

Westpac OpenAir

January 6 - February 22
Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Mrs Macquaries Road
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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The 2022 program for Sydney's Westpac Openair is headlined by a dozen premiere or preview screenings, commencing on opening night with the inspirational tennis bio-pic King Richard, which stars two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith as the father of young tennis prodigies Venus and Serena Williams. There’s the Australian premiere of Kenneth Brannagh’s Death on The Nile, as well as previews of Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley (starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette); Joe Wright’s Cyrano; Pablo Larrain’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Lady Diana; and British…

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Flickerfest

January 21 - January 30
Bondi Beach Bondi Beach, NSW Australia + Google Map

Short film festival Flickerfest celebrates its 31st birthday in 2022, kicking off the summer cinema season in pop-up festival garden under the stars and under the big top, park side at Bondi Beach from January 21.  The ten day event will showcase some of the worlds best short films from Australia and the world on the big screen.  This year, Flickerfest has handpicked 200 of the most inspiring short films from a massive pool of over 3,150 entries, to move,…

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February 2022

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

February 2 - February 13

Antenna is an international documentary film festival, established in 2011 with the mission to promote, celebrate and champion creative documentary cinema as one of the most exciting means by which we can connect to the contemporary world.

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Melbourne Women in Film Festival

February 10 - February 14

Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) returns February 10-14, exploring the theme Laugh Louder, bringing together a program of feature and short films, web series, music videos, talks, and workshops to delve into the theme of comedy. The lineup includes regular short film sessions, with categories including Freshly Squeezed Comedies, Next Gen Shorts, Freshly Squeezed Shorts and Reel Shorts. Freshly Squeezed Comedies (Friday, February 11) features a mix of quirky, heart-warming, horrifying, and slightly gross shorts and web series to…

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Japanese Film Festival: Online

February 14 - February 27
Online
Free

The Japanese Film Festival: Online returns from February 14-27, streaming best in Japanese cinema for free. Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the festival will screen 17 films nationwide including feature films and documentaries. FEATURES Aristocrats | 2020 | Director: Yukiko SodeA humanistic drama that questions the state of contemporary life through the perspectives of two female protagonists of different backgrounds. Winner of 2021 Luxembourg City Film Festival Grand Prix Prize. AWAKE | 2020 | Director: Atsuhiro YamadaA thrilling coming-of-age drama depicting the fateful battle between a…

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Mardi Gras Film Festival

February 17 - March 3

Queer Screen’s 29th Mardi Gras Film Festival invites audiences on a mission to the Queer Frontier, to meet emerging and established filmmakers and explore new stories, styles and genres – online, in the cinema, or both. The festival will include screenings at Event Cinemas in George Street and special ‘one night only’ sessions at the Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne and Event Cinemas in Parramatta and Hurstville before touring to the Blue Mountains and Canberra in March. Further, more than half of…

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AFTRS Digital Futures Summit series – The Business of Australia’s Digital Future

February 17 @ 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tech authority and venture capitalist Matthew Ball headlines the second session of AFTRS Digital Futures Summit series, The Business of Australia’s Digital Future, which will be held online on Thursday, February 17. Ball is considered the world’s leading expert on the Metaverse, a multi-dimensional world that many believe will be the successor to the internet, converging immersive 3D online environments, augmented reality, virtual reality, and personal computing with real life. Author of Metaverse Primer and the upcoming The Metaverse: And…

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continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia

February 18 @ 8:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway
Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia
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Free

The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s upcoming exhibition continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia will feature 14 works of contemporary animation from independent filmmakers in Japan and Australia. This exhibition diverges from mainstream animation, offering viewers an insight into the unique forms of storytelling from each country. Curated by Deborah Szapiro (University of Technology Sydney) and Honami Yano (Nagoya University), continuum features recent video works from award-winning filmmakers including Kōji Yamamura and Jilli Rose, as well as animation studio PAW Media and social enterprise Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Presented…

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Screen Music Awards

February 22
Online

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) are set to honour Australia’s creators of film, television, documentary and advertising music at the Screen Music Awards in early 2022. The awards will feature the presentation of thirteen awards as well as interpretations of the four Feature Film Score of the Year nominations performed by the Screen Awards orchestra, led by Musical Director, Jessica Wells whose compositions cross many genres in the classical, commercial and film music worlds.

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Jewish International Film Festival

February 25 - April 3

Each year, the Jewish International Film Festival presents a fresh and diverse selection of Jewish cinema from Australia and around the world. In 2022, the Festival will screen 55 feature films and a shorts package from 19 countries, including two world premiere screenings of Australian films. SYDNEY: March 3 – April 4 Ritz Cinema, Randwick; March 3 – 23 Roseville Cinemas, Roseville MELBOURNE: March 2 – April 3 Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick; March 3 – April 3 Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn BRISBANE: March 10 – 20, New Farm Cinemas, New Farm GOLD COAST: March 26 – April 3 Dendy Cinemas, Southport (Queen Street Village) CANBERRA: March 10 – 20 Dendy Cinemas, Canberra PERTH: February 25 – 16 March Luna Palace,…

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