Sydney Film Festival to go virtual and national for first time in history

4/05/2020 12:00:00 PM

Around 30 films will be screened as part of the festival, running online from June 10 to June 21, with a focus on local documentary and short film prizes.

For the first time in its 67-year history, the Sydney Film Festival will go virtual screening around 30 films online with a focus on Australian documentaries and local short films

Around 30 films will be screened as part of the festival, running online from June 10 to June 21, with a focus on local documentary and short film prizes.

Larger text size Very large text size For the first time in its 67-year history, the Sydney Film Festival will go virtual.AAP 02 May 2020 19:52 The latest coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne, at a meat processing facility, has revealed the fragility of the fight against the pandemic.Source:Supplied Just days after term 2 began, Warragamba Public School will be “non-operational for on-site learning” on Monday, with all students undertaking at home learning.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Anglicare's chief executive says the organisation will raise the possibility of extracting residents from its western Sydney aged care home at the centre of a COVID-19 cluster with those living inside the facility.

Or, at least part of it.The annual festival, which was scheduled to run from June 3-14, was cancelled on March 18 following bans on gatherings of more than 500 people.But the health minister's announcement yesterday of seven new cases, three of which were linked to a meatworks where eight people had tested positive for COVID-19, prompted Jenny Mikakos to describe the health emergency as still "incredibly fragile".But organisers hinted at a make-up version that would "celebrate film and filmmakers".” Staff and students who are identified as a close contact will be contacted and advised they should self-isolate for the required period of time, with further advice provided on Tuesday about when the school would resume on-site learning, it said.The Sydney Film Festival is taking its key awards online in June.A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said the meat company was implementing all appropriate public health measures, including a thorough cleaning process.Credit: SFF Around 30 films will be screened as part of the virtual festival, running online from June 10 to June 21, with a focus on Australian documentaries and local short films, plus the festival's recurring program Europe! Voices of Women in Film highlighting female filmmakers from Europe."And that's obviously a concern.

Sydney Film Festival chief executive Leigh Small said the virtual instalment would be a "tight, award-focused" version celebrating key programs that "define the Sydney Film Festival", including the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary and the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films.The total number of infections is 1371 and 1300 of those have recovered.There are now 63 infections linked to the facility including 26 staff members and 37 residents.Advertisement "Both of these events are very important to Australian filmmakers – the Documentary Australia Foundation Award is a pinnacle for feature-length documentaries each year, and the Dendy Awards have launched the careers of filmmakers for almost 70 years – so we thought it was important to continue with those awards," she said.Loading In another first the festival will also open to a national audience, working with New Zealand startup Shift72 – a streaming platform which recently salvaged Copenhagen's CPH:DOX documentary festival from coronavirus cancellation ("They delivered over 140 films to over 100,000 people within three weeks; it was quite successful," said Small) – to host its films..Compared to the usual SFF program of more than 300 films across 12 days, audience-voted prizes and filmmaker Q&As, the virtual instalment is a concession.The source of the second case is under investigation.But a necessary one at such a challenging time for the local industry, said Small."It only takes a moment.

"It's not quite the same but it's important," she said." We Are One: A Global Film Festival , which is a great opportunity for audiences.“The Family Support Program is designed to respond to the feedback from our families, ensuring they feel engaged and are in close contact with their loved ones,” Mr Millard said in a statement on Sunday.Now we see our revision as something that really supports our local filmmakers, which is extremely important to the Sydney Film Festival." The full program for the 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards will be revealed on May 27, with tickets on sale the same day..NSW now has 3035 COVID-19 cases with 14 people in intensive care including 11 who require ventilators."In small numbers to date that we've had discussions and this is something that we're going to raise with residents in our communication shortly," Mr Millard said.

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