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February 2022

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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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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April 2022

SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator: Submissions

April 26 - May 27

Applications are open for the SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator, a nationwide initiative from SBS, in partnership with Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Screen Territory, Screenwest, the South Australian Film Corporation, and VicScreen, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild. Launched in 2021, the initiative was designed to support the development of emerging screenwriters from underrepresented backgrounds by providing a year of paid employment in a leading Australian production company for emerging writing talent. This includes Aboriginal and…

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2022 AACTA Awards: Submissions

April 27 @ 8:00 am - October 3 @ 5:00 pm

Entries are now open across Film, Television, Documentary, and Short Film categories for the 2022 AACTA Awards. The awards comprise more than 50 different award categories across film, television, documentary, and short film, celebrating Australian stories, culture, and creativity on the big and small screens. The 2022 AACTA Awards includes a change to the feature film eligibility policy, which has been updated to recognise films that premiere on streaming, subscription, or free to air television, with no theatrical distribution. More…

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May 2022

2022 AWGIE Awards: Submissions

May 4 - May 30

The Australian Writers' Guild is inviting submissions for the 55th Annual AWGIE Awards, a night that will recognise outstanding scripts from 2021 and celebrate the community of screen and stage writers at the heart of the Australian industry. Entries are open to eligible screen, stage, interactive & gaming and audio works that finished principal photography or production or had a first performance between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 (please check individual categories for specific eligibility criteria). Major updates…

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SAFC and Channel 44 First Nations Internship Program: Submissions

May 9 - June 17

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Channel 44 are aiming to help South Australian First Nations screen creatives to forge new careers in television production with the return of their First Nations Internship Program, which is now also open to tertiary students. Now in its second year, the internship program was launched as part of the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy 2020-2025 and is part of a wider partnership between the SAFC and Channel 44 to provide opportunities to…

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Milan Design Film Festival

May 19 @ 8:00 am - May 30 @ 5:00 pm

ACMI, in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, will present the Milan Design Film Festival for the first time at ACMI Cinemas from May 19-30. Featuring a selection of films from the 9th (2021) edition of the Milano Design Film Festival, alongside works drawn from recent festival editions, the film season will celebrate all things architecture and design, plus culture and society more broadly, with a range of documentaries and shorts exploring trends, masters, innovators, historical and contemporary…

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Antenna Documentary Film Festival: Submissions

May 20 - July 1

Entries are now open for the 11th Antenna Documentary Film Festival, returning to cinemas across Sydney, Australia from 12—23 October 2022. The Festival will continue to showcase the best of non-fiction cinema from Australia and around the world. Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through Film Freeway in two categories: • Feature Documentary Competition which comes with a cash prize of $7,500 for the ‘Best Feature Documentary Award’ winner and $2,500 for the ‘Special Jury Award’ winner. These prizes…

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Polish Film Festival Sydney

May 22 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Polish Film Festival Sydney returns this May and June with a  line-up of critically acclaimed films screening across two cinemas, Palace Norton Street and The Ritz Cinemas. The program brings two Australian premieres, six NSW premieres, and a broad selection of work by a new generation of incredibly talented Polish filmmakers. Commencing on Sunday, May 22, the event will open with Polish-Irish comedy-drama I Never Cry (Jak najdalej stąd) from the Silent Night director Piotr Domalewski, who takes audiences…

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German Film Festival

May 24 - June 22

From this May to June, the German Film Festival will showcase the best contemporary German cinema direct from major festivals in Europe plus a selection from its German-speaking neighbours, Austria and Switzerland. This year’s Festival Special Presentation is Dear Thomas (Lieber Thomas), a historical monochrome biopic of East German writer and filmmaker Thomas Brasch, starring rising star Albrecht Schuch (Fabian: Going to the Dogs and Berlin Alexanderplatz GFF21). Brasch was born as a German-Jewish emigrant in England, moving to the GDR…

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St Kilda Film Festival

May 27 - June 5

The 2022 St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) will return to the big screen across Friday, May 27 – Sunday, June 5 to celebrate some of Australia’s best local short filmmakers and screen artists. Now in its 39th year, SKFF is Australia’s longest-running short film festival, recognising the genre of short film, including music videos, gaming and immersive forms. The festival is proudly presented by City of Port Phillip and will feature an extensive short film program with 13 screening sessions…

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