As countries around the world introduce the various vaccines in response to COVID, the Sydney Film Festival [SFF] has announced a move to 18 – 29 August 2021 for its event that usually takes place in June.
The Sydney Film Festival is usually the first major film festival of the year in Australia, followed by the Melbourne International Film Festival in July/August, and with this announcement it should be interesting to see how things change southside.
In a very brief press release, Sydney Film Festival stated that “After a successful Summer Season at the State Theatre and a sold-out Wong Kar Wai retrospective (closing 18 February), Sydney Film Festival today announced that its 68th edition will take place 18 – 29 August 2021. The shift will allow the Festival to continue to include films from major international festivals (in addition to Australia’s best new feature films and documentaries) in a year of date fluctuations around the world due to COVID-19. In August, Sydney Film Festival will return to familiar cinemas across Sydney so audiences can once more explore our times through the medium of film. Submissions for the Festival are currently being accepted through FilmFreeway and will now close on Friday, 26 March 2021”
The mention of the Wong Kar Wai retrospective is significant, in that it points to the limited seating capacity and sessions that are currently feasible for a film festival. Following last year’s was-it-even-on virtual version of SFF, in 2021 the goal will be to bring the festival back in all of its glory, and we cannot wait!