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Rolling out the Red Carpet for Sydney Film Festivals

Local and visiting filmgoers are set to be entertained with a range of exciting and diverse film screenings and events to be held across Sydney.

Twenty-three new film festival initiatives will roll out across the city, supported by the NSW Government’s Film Festival Funding Program.

Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the targeted funding, delivered through Screen NSW, will support Sydney’s dynamic film festival culture and provide a boost to the economy.

“The Film Festival Funding Program was designed to encourage the screen industry to get back on its feet after two tough years of the pandemic, and allowed applicants to think big and pitch high-quality film festival activities to take place in neighbourhoods across the city with an eye to expanding into the future,” Mr Ayres said.

“This targeted funding for film festival events is a win for audiences. It will support the local screen industry and accelerate the economic and social recovery of central business districts across Sydney, Western Sydney and South-Western Sydney, which means you can see a great film event at your local cinema and support it in expanding into the future.”

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said funded projects will take film festivals in Sydney to the next level by providing jobs and delivering new film opportunities and events.

“By backing 23 diverse, interesting and daring film festival initiatives, this funding will allow Sydney’s incredible film festival culture to grow and inspire. These events are expected to attract more than 160,000 filmgoers to 78 venues across Sydney, and deliver an estimated 325 jobs,” Mr Franklin said.

“Sydney is a recognised UNESCO City of Film, and as the buzz returns to cinemas, we want to roll out the red carpet for audiences by supporting unique and exciting film festivals.

“I encourage everyone to buy a ticket, support their local community, and enjoy one of the many wonderful film festivals just around the corner.”

Some of the projects being funded include the Sydney Irish Outdoor Film Festival in Sydney’s CBD, C-Town Screenings run through Campbelltown City Council, and Eating Here Out West, which will see evenings of film, food and fun in Western Sydney.

Campbelltown City Council Mayor George Greiss said the C-Town Screenings event will bring the community closer together.

“We’re excited to host a number of film screenings for our community within the Campbelltown CBD at locations including Campbelltown Arts Centre and Forum Q as well as the Leumeah Station commuter car park thanks to this funding from Screen NSW,” Cr Greiss said.

“Events like this are a key part of Councils’ ongoing CBD revitalisation efforts and a great way to attract people into the area where they can enjoy time with family and friends while supporting our local businesses.”

The Film Festival Funding Program is part of the NSW Government’s broader support as part of its NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

A full list of recipients is available here.

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