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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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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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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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Screen Music Awards

February 22
Forum Melbourne, 154 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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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. Co-hosting the first live celebration of the Screen Music Awards since 2019 will be Nakkiah Lui, Akina Edmonds and Uncle Jack Charles. 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…

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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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SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3)

February 26 - March 13
Online

SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. A worldwide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a film. The festival’s 7th year will be live on screen in-cinema in two venues in Sydney over the weekend of Feb 26-27, plus online until March 13. This year has seen more than 300 entries for shorts and 18 feature films, of which 70 will feature online with curated…

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March 2022

Alliance Française French Film Festival

March 1 - April 26

The world’s largest French film festival outside of France returns to Australia, presenting Contemporary French cinema from March 1 to April 26. The upcoming cinematic showcase will celebrate the next generation of filmmakers creating a new blueprint for French cinema. Set to delight Francophiles and cinephiles alike, the annual festival returns with a touring programme of 42 feature films. The line-up of 2022 ambassadors includes director Phillip Noyce, actor David Wenham, screen and theatre director Shannon Murphy and filmmaker Samantha…

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AIDC

March 6 - March 9
ACMI, Melbourne, Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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The Australian International Documentary Conference will return to the renewed ACMI at Federation Square for a live, in-person event in the heart of Melbourne. Responding to the challenges of COVID-19, next year’s event will also feature a hybrid program for international delegates and an online international marketplace, March 10-11 2022, ensuring that Australian documentary and factual filmmakers continue to have access to the widest range of commissioners, funders, co-producers and development opportunities.

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